Unlike the cake, the headline is not a lie. The Boston Bruins… yes those Boston Bruins have the NHL's 5th best power play unit.
I know, I didn't believe it either, but take a look:
Somewhere Geoff Ward is rubbing one off while shitting on photos of us. The unit is finally working. The Bruins haven't seen this sort of PP production since the Savard Era (miss you, Savvy!)
A lot of the success has to do with Bruins newcomers. We knew Krug was a PP machine from last playoffs against the Rangers. He had the eyes and hands to move the puck in the right direction — be it pass or shot. This season it's continued. He has 4 PP goals and 7 pp assists, leading the team with 11 PPP.
Meanwhile the undervalued Reilly Smith has been the best part of the Seguin trade. Smith is the team's leading goal scorer, and has been chipping in fantastically on the PP. Smith has 4 PPGs, 4PPA (8 PPP).
And then, of course, there's the Yeti, Carl Soderberg. Soderberg had a slow start to the season but was showing signs of getting used to NHL hockey and he's been a beautiful fit on a third line that's been dying for some production since Michael Ryder left. Soderberg 2 goals and 5 assists on the PP for Boston.
As for the non-newbies, Chara is still a main source of points — 6 goals, 2 assists on the PP. And David Krejci is an assist machine — 10 assists and 11 points on the PP.
And, for those wondering, the Bruins PK is still solid as is expected from a Claude Julien team. They're third in the league.