Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Subban Says Canadiens Attack, Power Play Must Improve for Next Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Subban Says Canadiens Attack, Power Play Must Improve for Next Season

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Subban says power play must improve

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BROSSARD, Que. - P.K. Subban says the Montreal Canadiens' anemic power play has to change.

The team's star defenceman said Thursday it cannot remain as static and predictable as the one that produced a meagre two goals on 36 opportunities (5.6 per cent) during the playoffs.

"It's frustrating that our power play wasn't better," Subban said Thursday as the players met with the media for the last time before their off-season break. "You look at our offensive numbers and you wonder what they would have looked like if our power play was just a little bit better.

"It's shocking what the numbers could look like on our team. But listen, it's something we know we have to improve on for next year. I guess that's a bright spot when you finish first in your division and your power play was a non-factor pretty much the whole season. It's a positive thing going into the off-season."

The Canadiens managed to finish second overall in the NHL with 110 points this season despite having the league's 23rd ranked power play, with a 16.5 per cent success rate.

But offence was a big part of their undoing in the playoffs as they scored only 11 goals (1.83 per game) while bowing out in six games in the second round to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Montreal was expected to do well with the man advantage with skilled rearguards on the point like Subban and Andrei Markov, but it never got going. Opponents guarded the points and the forwards were unable to generate much around the net.

Subban said the power play was too predictable and needed more movement among the point men and the forwards.

"You need sometimes just to be mobile," he said. "Sometimes it's just being in positions teams don't expect you to be in.

"One thing I give Tampa credit for is that there's no lack of creativity on their power play. Their players obviously get off that leash to move around. …

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