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How do Bruins snap out of even-strength scoring slump? Embrace the ‘dirty work’ down low

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Perhaps the most frustrating part of the Bruins' extended even-strength scoring slump — beyond the skittering pucks, failed tips and sliding rebounds — is that all parties involved are cognizant of the solution.

Monday's 1-0 loss against the Islanders was a microcosm of Boston's struggles in the offensive zone to open the 2021 campaign — as Boston held a commanding 44-25 edge in 5v5 shot attempts against New York, but only managed three high-danger scoring chances during that 39:50 stretch of play.

The primary culprit wasn't a single player or just a string of poor puck luck, but rather the lack of bodies in and around Grade-A ice against Semyon Varlamov.

Failing to stack players around the blue paint has been a concerning trend through three games — as Boston went from 12 high-danger scoring chances at 5v5 play in their season opener against New Jersey to just six total high-danger looks over their next two outings (90:25 of total 5v5 ice time).

Fair to say, adopting the" K.I.S.S." principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) seems to be the primary message sent by Bruce Cassidy over Boston's last two practices — and stands as the primary point of emphasis leading up to Thursday's home opener against the Flyers.