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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his team's 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013. The Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Stanley Cup finals offer something for everyone
NHL » Boston, Chicago both adept at snuffing power plays in the postseason.
First Published Jun 10 2013 09:36 am • Last Updated Jun 10 2013 11:37 pm

Chicago • When it comes to power plays in the Stanley Cup finals, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins might just prefer to keep going with everyone on the ice.

The last two teams in the NHL playoffs have been lousy with the man advantage and terrific at killing penalties during the postseason.

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Stanley Cup Finals

All games at 6 p.m.

Wednesday » Boston at Chicago, Ch. 5

Saturday » Boston at Chicago, NBCSN

June 17 » Chicago at Boston, NBCSN

June 19 » Chicago at Boston, Ch. 5

June 22 » x-Boston at Chicago, Ch. 5

June 24 » x-Chicago at Boston, Ch. 5

June 26 » x-Boston at Chicago, Ch. 5

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When the Blackhawks are forced to play a man down, Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger are so persistent it almost resembles an even-strength situation. And the Bruins have hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara and goalie Tuukka Rask, who is swallowing everything at the net these days.

Heading into Game 1 on Wednesday night, goals on special teams have been so scarce for these teams that a couple for either side could tip the series in one direction.

"The special teams are kind of key, if you want to [have] success," Frolik said after Chicago held an optional practice on Monday. "We try to talk about it all the time about that and make sure we’re on the same page. It’s especially going to be key right now. We’ve got to make sure we are ready for the challenge."

So far, so good on that front for the Bruins and Blackhawks.

With Frolik and Kruger tying up the action on top of the zone, Chicago has allowed just three goals in 58 power-play opportunities for an astounding 94.8 percent kill rate. Los Angeles got two of them in the Western Conference finals, but one was a meaningless goal by Tyler Toffoli at the very end of the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory in Game 2.

The 92.5 percent finish for the 2000 New Jersey Devils is the best playoff rate for a Stanley Cup champion in the last 25 years, according to STATS.

"I think they do a good job of fronting shots," Boston coach Claude Julien said of Chicago’s penalty killers. "You really have to work hard to get the shots through. That’s what they are, they’re very patient; they’re very aggressive when you do lose, I guess, control of the puck and if they feel they can get on you, they’ll get on you quick. They’ve done a good job that way."

Pittsburgh had converted an NHL-best 28.3 percent of its power-play chances heading into the Eastern Conference finals against Boston, but the high-powered Penguins went 0 for 15 with the man advantage during the Bruins’ impressive four-game sweep.


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Led by the 26-year-old Rask, Boston has yielded seven goals in 52 power-play opportunities for an 86.5 percent kill rate in the postseason.



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