Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Quenneville disappointed by effort in G3
By Scott Powers
The Hawks knew the Kings would play better in front of their home crowd at Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expected the Los Angeles Kings to come out desperate in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday after dropping the first two games.
Quenneville also expected his own team to fight back.
That didn't happen.
Quenneville expressed disappointment in his team after a 3-1 loss during which the Hawks were held to a playoff-low 20 shots on goals at Staples Center on Tuesday.
"I didn't like our pushback," Quenneville said. "We were looking for more from the outset. The last 10 minutes was basically the way we should have started and had that intensity. We got outworked today. ... They made a couple adjustments technically, but I still think the intensity was the differential."
The Blackhawks understood what they were getting into in Game 3 as the Kings had gone 7-0 at home in the playoffs and were looking to avoid falling in a 3-0 hole.
"We knew exactly the kind of game they were going to play and that they were going to have more confidence, more energy in their own building," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We just didn't bring that same effort and that same pace.
"They were physical all over the ice. We just have to keep our feet moving and take hits to make plays. We kind of got flat-footed. We were watching each other a little bit too much. When you're standing still, you're an easy target for them to come hit you."
Tuesday's loss marked the third time the Blackhawks lost in a Game 3 road game in the playoffs, having done so in Minnesota and Detroit in the first two rounds.
"We don't really think about what game it is in the series," Toews said. "We go into every game expecting and planning on winning. We just didn't play well enough to win. We'll play well enough the next game and we'll go chase the result that we want."
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said they have to get more shots on net. The Blackhawks had seven shots in the first period, three in the second period and 10 in the third period.
"They got some big defensemen who can move back there," Sharp said. "They do a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and protecting the front of the net. We got to find a way to not only generate more shots, but more quality shots.
"We knew they were going to pay well in their building. They did. It's time to regroup and play better in Game 4."