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Blackhawks' penalty kill review

December, 10, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks’ constant issue this season has been their penalty kill. A season ago, it was one of the best in the league and often why they won close games.

The Blackhawks are still winning this season, but it’s been despite having one of the league’s worst PKs. They rank 29th in the league with a 73.3 penalty-killing percentage.

Here is how the penalty kill has allowed each of its 24 goals this season:

1. Washington Capitals, Oct. 1, first period (10:42): The Blackhawks’ penalty kill opened the season on a sour note. Brandon Bollig was called for the first penalty of the season midway through the first period, and the Blackhawks’ penalty-kill unit took the ice for the first time. The Capitals had no trouble working the puck around and finding holes. Ultimately, the Blackhawks gave Alex Ovechkin too much room and he beat them with a one-timer from the left circle. (On the ice for the Blackhawks were Marcus Kruger, Joakim Nordstrom, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford)

2. Capitals, Oct. 1, third period (0:59): The Blackhawks allowed their second power-play goal in three chances during the third period of the season opener. The Capitals won a draw in their offensive zone, quickly maneuvered the puck and caught the Blackhawks' players out of place. Mike Green shot from the right circle and Mikhail Grabovski tipped the puck in. Crawford was deep in the net and gave Green an angle to shoot. (Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Seabrook, Johnny Oduya, Crawford)

3. Capitals, Oct. 1, third period (5:16): The Capitals had their way with the Blackhawks’ penalty kill all night, and that was evident again on their third power-play goal. Kruger and Nordstrom were set up low and aligned with the faceoff dots. They gave the Capitals plenty of space to connect passes. After 59 seconds of possession, Green was wide open at the point and put a shot on net. Grabovski again got a piece of the puck and beat Crawford. (Kruger, Nordstrom, Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

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Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
51 22 29 9
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 22
AssistsP. Kane 29
+/-J. Toews 16
GAAC. Crawford 2.26