Five things the Bruins need to win Game 7

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

Five things the Bruins need to do to win Game 7.

1. Yes, the power play. We're going there. Seventeen games into the playoffs and they haven't got it going yet?

Moving big defenceman Zdeno Chara to the front of the net seemed to help a bit, but then the Boston Bruins are losing the hardest shot in hockey from the point. If they can't get it going in Game 7, it likely will be Bruins RIP (Really Inept Power play).

2. More from the big line. David Krejci had a hat trick and Milan Lucic had a goal in Game 6 -- the most productive game of the playoffs for the Bruins' No. 1 unit. The line has been uneven to say the least during this post-season. There have been six post-season games in which the line failed to register a point. This is a game where you need your top guys to shine, regardless of age or experience.

3. Get the penalty killing going again. The Bruins' penalty killing had been one of the club's strongest elements in this playoff year before getting lit up by the Bolts in Game 6. The Bruins hadn't given up a power-play goal to the Tampa Bay Lightning in three games (9-for-9) before the Game 6 meltdown which saw the Bolts score three. They Bruins hadn't given up more than two in a game and that had happened only twice this post-season.

4. "A" game from "Z": These are the games where you need your big men to be the difference-makers. Chara did it in Game 5 for Boston. Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos did it for the Bolts in Game 6. The Bruins need Chara to dominate his matchups in Game 7. He has had an up and down post-season career. This is a benchmark, which brings us to ...

5. Have TT steal the show. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is a Vezina Trophy favourite based on his regular-season play. But this is the time of year when reputations are made. He helped the Bruins get by the Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 7 in the first round. He's going to need to be just about perfect Friday night.

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