Claude Julien, the 2009 Jack Adams award winner, was hired by the Boston Bruins on June 22, 2007 after the team dismissed Dave Lewis of his duties. Since Julien has taken over, the Bruins have been known for two dominant characteristics: a great defensive system and a shotty power play. Although the defensive system speaks for itself, I'm blown away that the Bruins have had a lackluster power play for so long and have done virtually little to change it.
Let's take a look at goals scored per game and power play success (in percentage) since Julien was announced as the Bruins head coach.
2007-2008 season: 24th in goals per game (2.51), 16th in power play success (17.6%)
2008-2009 season: 2nd in goals per game (3.29), 4th in power play success (23.6%)
2009-2010 season: 30th in goals per game (2.39), 23rd in power play success (16.6%)
2010-2011 season: 5th in goals per game (2.97), 22nd in power play success (16.3%)
So solely based on the numbers above, the power play has only been ranked in the top half of the league once and it took a masterful season to do so. The 2008-2009 season was one of the greatest seasons the Boston Bruins have had in a long time. It was THE
season, or so we thought. That notion was later put to the rest when the Bruins forgot to show up against the Carolina Hurricanes.Lets take a look at some more numbers...