Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Killer! Hawks stopping more power plays
By Todd Wills Special to ESPNChicago.com
DALLAS -- Don't look now, but the Chicago Blackhawks' penalty kill is threatening to make this a complete hockey team.
Chicago's one weakness this season continued its upswing Tuesday night as the Blackhawks killed off five power plays in their 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Included were three kills in the third period with the game all but decided. Going back to Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, Chicago has killed off all 10 power plays it has faced.
Yes, the Stars are now a sorry 1-for-47 on the power play at home. Even so, for Chicago -- which entered Tuesday ranked 29th in the league with a 73.3 penalty-killing percentage -- this is some major improvement.
“Yeah, I thought we had a couple or three late in the game that had to get through," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's victory. "The guys stayed with it, did the right things.
“So we’ll say baby steps, but hopefully we’ll get some confidence off it and turn the other way.”