PRAGUE — Through 20 minutes of regular season play, one conclusion can be drawn: The Bruins take the “power” out of “power play.” The team went 0-for-3 with Phoenix skaters in the sin bin as they enter the locker room trailing, 1-0.
Radim Vrbata got the scoring started for the Coyotes, taking a baseball swing at a floating puck to the side of the net, courtesy of an errant Adrian Aucoin slapshot from the point. The Bruins shouldn’t lose sleep over the quirky goal, though they twice allowed shorthanded breakaways to the Coyotes, the second of which was the fault of a Zdeno Chara  turnover.
The Bruins had scoring opportunities but struggled to hit the net when it counted. Michael Ryder  let one fly gloveside and wide of the net early in the period from the circle, while Nathan Horton  for seemingly the first time in a Bruins uniform failed to convert from the hashmarks. His wristshot, twice the ammunition used to notch goals in the preseason, also sailed wide to the left of Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Bruins outshot the Coyotes in the period, 15-12.