VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Boston Bruins came into the Stanley Cup finals answering questions about an inept power play and inability to score.
They're facing them again after failing to covert four early chances with the man advantage, and failing to cash in against Roberto Luongo in a 1-0 loss in Game 5 on Friday night.
Boston had three power-play chances in the first period, and got another on a questionable call early in the second. But other than forcing a couple great saves on consecutive chances off Milan Lucic's deflection and Patrice Bergeron alone in the slot on the rebound, the Bruins barely tested Luongo.
Considering they beat the Canucks goalie 12 times the last two games in Boston, and chased him from the third period of Game 4, they may regret it.
Boston returns home for Game 6 on Monday night needing a win to keep their season - and Stanley Cup dreams - alive after failing to take advantage of, and further shake the confidence of a goaltender they had dominated for two straight games. Now they'll have to try and stay alive against a goalie that seemed to rediscover his form as Game 5 went on, making several great stops in the final period.
Given how shaky Luongo looked in Boston, the Bruins needed more than two bang-bang chances by Lucic and Bergeron. But they didn't test Luongo often enough, especially with the extra attacker, and settled for outside shots for most of the first two periods during 5-on-5 play they were supposed to be better at.
Now they'll have to answer for a power play that is 0 for 8 over the last two games after scoring three times the previous two, and just 8 for 82 in the playoffs, a shockingly poor 9.7 percent success rate.