Toews' power-play goal a welcome sight
April, 9, 2010
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
DENVER -- Before the Chicago Blackhawks took on the Colorado AvalancheFriday night, Joel Quenneville was asked what he’s most worried about going into the playoffs. There was no pause before his answer.
AP Photo/David ZalubowskiJonathan Toews snapped a seven-game streak without a power-play goal when he scored in the first period on Friday against the Avalanche.
The power play.
It ranked 17th in the NHL going into the game. It hadn’t scored in seven contests and was in a 0-18 and 1-29 slump. No wonder he didn’t hesitate.
Midway through the first period Quenneville’s team ended the drought when Jonathan Toews stuffed one past Peter Budaj. The goal was nice; the puck movement even nicer.
"I think we were clicking a little bit on the power play," Toews said after the game. "We were figuring out what they were giving us.
"It was nice to see one go in. Hopefully we can use that confidence to keep getting better on the power play because it’s going to have to be a big part of our game going to the playoffs here."
The Hawks had four other chances with the man advantage and once again skates were moving and so was the puck. They didn’t score a second goal, but they hit iron twice and caused confusion in the Avs zone.
"I think there were a lot of positives," Marian Hossa said. "We tried to practice to keep things simple and finally we got a power play goal. It’s huge. Now we just have to build on it."
One power play goal per game is what any team would be happy with, especially in the playoffs. Maybe their coach won’t be as concerned after Friday.
"Nice to score," Quenenville said. "It’s been a long time. I think that’s going to help the patience and the confidence in the right areas. It was better."
"It was nice to see some production. It was a little thin, and I might not be exaggerating."