Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Hawks power play now ranks dead last
By Jesse Rogers
ST.LOUIS -- Yes, it’s official. The Chicago Blackhawks now have the worst power play in the league -- at least statistically, alhough it’s not passing the eye test either.
The Hawks went 0-for-4 on the power play in a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday to drop below the two teams they’d been ranked higher than before the game -- the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Blues.
“We’re not going to get concerned,” Jonathan Toews said. “We’re just going to do something about it.”
The Hawks have scored five power-play goals on 57 chances this season, good for an 8.8 percent conversion rate. With the Blues going 1-for-2 on Tuesday, they jumped to 28th. The Blue Jackets are 29th. The Hawks play in Columbus on Thursday.
“We tried a lot of different things,” Duncan Keith said. “We need to keep it simple. We’re trying to make fancy plays. We’re all guilty of it. I’m guilty of it.”
Bolland banged up:Dave Bolland left the ice after blocking a shot in the third period but returned to finish the game. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland was fine, but Bolland was seen limping and being attended to by doctors.
“We have to get a little pissed off, get some emotion. It’s not happening right now.” -- Toews
“We didn’t give up many chances, maybe the lowest number of the year. But at the same time we didn’t generate a whole lot.” -- Quenneville