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April 26, 2014

On Hockey: Special teams, skating that drove Bruins by Detroit should help against Montreal

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"I think we handled it well, we came into this series ready and we got the job done," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. He scored the biggest power play goal Saturday with a blast from the point that broke a 1-1 tie with only four seconds left in the second period.

"That series was much tougher than maybe the results showed. Detroit is a really good team with a great system, great players. We were just able to play our game and stay on top of it. It wasn’t a one-sided series."

Perhaps the biggest goal of the series was defenseman Torey Krug's power play tally in Game 4 in Detroit. It was the first of three unanswered Boston goals, and highlighted the huge difference Krug and fellow defenseman Doug Hamilton have made on the man advantage. Hamilton's rush essentially created Loui Eriksson's power play goal in the first here Saturday; Either Krug or Hamilton had a point on five of Boston's six first round power play tallies.

"I think all season our young guys, especially our D-men have been thrust into playing against other teams’ top lines, QB on the power play," Bruins forward Jaroma Iginla, who had an empty net goal in Saturday's game, said. "They're very confident."

The President's Trophy winner as the NHL's best regular season, Boston finished third in power play percentage (21.7) and sixth in the penalty kill (83.6). They were one of four teams in the top 10 in both categories, while Montreal was 19th on the man advantage and fourth on the kill.

Which is to say that there's no reason Boston should be concerned with a special teams series against the Habs, who handled an undermanned Tampa Bay squad with a four-game first round sweep.

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