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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Leddy ready to give Hawks more in Game 3

By Scott Powers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy is motivated more than normal to play well against the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of their second-round series on Tuesday.

For one, Leddy's ice time depends on him improving his play. He was limited to 56 seconds and three shifts in the third period against the Wild of Game 2 on Sunday. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday he needs more pace from Leddy.

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"I think [with some] guys we always say we're looking for more [pace,]" Quenneville said. "But we're always looking at guys that are not getting as much as you want, or much ice time, we're looking for things [from them.]"

Leddy doesn't disagree with Quenneville's decision to bench him on Tuesday.

"I think it definitely wasn't my best game," Leddy said. "But I can't really focus on that. I'm more focused on this game.

"I just think it wasn't one of my better games. I have to be better. If I am, we'll see what happens."

Leddy isn't dwelling on Game 2.

"Like I said, it's a long season," Leddy said. "You have good games and bad games. You just got to focus on the present."

Aside from that motivating factor, Leddy will also have plenty of friends and family at the Xcel Energy Center to watch him play because he grew up in the Twin Cities area.

"I think I got all my friends and family watching, so obviously that has a little bit of effect, but definitely a lot of excitement," Leddy said. "It's definitely awesome to be back here. I saw some of my buddies last night. It's always good to see them."

Leddy's possession numbers have been positive in the series. He has a 51.3 Corsi percentage (shot differential), according to extraskater.com. The Blackhawks have had 20 shots for and 19 against with Leddy on the ice in 5-on-5 situations. He's been on the ice for one goal for and one goal against in the two games.