Friday, June 21, 2013
Leddy focused on winning, not playing time
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy said Friday he wasn't concerned about his recent lack of playing time and was staying focused on the goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
Leddy played just four shifts and a career-low 2:37 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. He has two assists, a minus-7 rating and averaged 15:13 of ice time in 21 playoff games this season.
"I think we won the game," Leddy said of Game 4 on Friday. "That's really all that matters. ... No, it's about the team. It's not really about me. We won the last game and we're now focusing on the next one."
Leddy said he didn't know why his minutes had been reduced, but he would remain prepared to play.
"I'm not really sure," said Leddy, who is a restricted free agent after the season. "It could've been just how the game was going. But my focus isn't on that. It's more on just being ready. ... I think [my goal is to] just to stay focused on the game and what's going on, trying to be ready whenever I'm asked to."
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday he anticipated Leddy's minutes to be increased in Game 5 on Saturday.
"I think we expect Nick to get back to playing more in [Saturday's] game," Quenneville said. "I think as the game progressed last game, not getting him out there against the match-up that we were looking for was there, too. Then late in the game we didn't go there. I thought the five guys in our rotation were getting the job done.
"But every game is different, but he brings a nice guy from our back end that can move the puck and defend and do what we need him to do to get involved in the attack, as well, offensively. We'll look forward to getting him more involved, as well [Saturday.]"