Bruins toast of the East despite weak PK, PP

Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins celebrates an assist on his team's goal in the third period...

Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins celebrates an assist on his team's goal in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on March 24, 2014. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

It’s one of the things you are almost always guaranteed to hear when it comes to coachspeak: The importance of special teams.

But in this particular season of excellence by the Boston Bruins, it’s interesting to note that the Bruins, fighting for first overall in the NHL, have almost made special teams irrelevant.

In their latest 14-game span, which included a 12-game winning streak, the Bruins scored just four power-play goals. They allowed only four power-play goals.

This is, of course, a team that won the 2011 Stanley Cup while defying popular convention -- that you need a good power play for the privilege of lifting Lord Stanley’s mug. The Bruins power play was 14th among the 16 playoff teams that spring.

It was no better than eighth last year when the club went to the final and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.


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