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Blackhawks' penalty kill review

12/10/2013

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)

4. Tampa Bay Lightning, Oct. 5, third period (11:51): The Blackhawks were chasing the puck throughout the penalty kill. The Blackhawks were more aggressive on this kill, but that came to burn them as Keith pursued the puck too far from the net. Teddy Purcell found open space in the lower right circle with Keith away, got a pass from Martin St. Louis and shot the puck past Crawford. The puck did also take a fortunate bounce of Keith’s stick to Purcell. (Kruger, Ben Smith, Keith, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

5. St. Louis Blues, Oct. 9, second period (8:37): Kruger lost a faceoff, the Blues passed the puck to the blue line, and Alex Pietrangelo skated to the middle of the ice and shot it from the point. David Backes redirected the puck in front of the net and scored. Nordstrom was out near Pietrangelo, but didn’t put a lot of pressure on him and couldn’t block the shot. (Kruger, Nordstrom, Oduya, Sheldon Brookbank, Crawford)

6. Blues, Oct. 17, first period (10:14): The Blackhawks hadn’t allowed a power-play goal in three games when the Blues and Backes struck again eight days later. The Blues scored five seconds into their power play this time. Michal Handzus lost the faceoff, the Blues got the puck to Jay Bouwmeester at the point, and he shot at the net. Backes again got a piece of the shot at the net and scored. (Kruger, Handzus, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

7. Toronto Maple Leafs, Oct. 19, second period (7:03): The Maple Leafs had five power-play opportunities in the game and scored on the third one. The Maple Leafs’ goal was created when Oduya went into the corner to retrieve a loose puck and the puck bounced over his stick. With the Blackhawks scrambling, the Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul got the puck, skated toward the net and set up Nazem Kadri for an easy goal. (Kruger, Handzus, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

8. Lightning, Oct. 24, first period (6:28): This one may be on Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Matthew Carle shot from near the blue line, and Khabibulin appeared to be able to see it. The puck soared past his glove and into the net. (Kruger, Brandon Saad, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Khabibulin)

9. Lightning, Oct. 24, third period (17:31): Toews lost the faceoff, and the Lightning capitalized on it. Valtteri Filpulla knocked the puck behind him to Steven Stamkos off the faceoff. Stamkos skated up from near the blue line to the top of the left circle and scored past Khabibulin into the right corner. (Toews, Hossa, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Khabibulin)

10. Minnesota Wild, Oct. 26, first period (12:39): Another faceoff loss led to another power-play goal. Kruger lost the faceoff on the right side. Ryan Suter was passed the puck near the blue line and shot from far out with Brad Mills approaching him. Crawford made an initial save. The puck bounced to Zach Parise in front of the net, and he cleaned up the rebound for the goal. The Blackhawks killed 7-of-8 penalties in back-to-back games with the Wild. (Kruger, Mills, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

11. Ottawa Senators, Oct. 29, second period (6:51): The Senators only had one power play in the game, and the Blackhawks were seven seconds away from killing it when the goal came. Keith tried to meet Clarke MacArthur before he skated into the zone, but MacArthur got wide and skated past him. MacArthur went to the net and took a backhanded shot. With traffic around the net, Khabibulin wasn’t able to hold onto the puck, and Kyle Turris scored on the rebound. (Kruger, Saad, Keith, Seabrook, Khabibulin)

12. Edmonton Oilers, Nov. 10, second period (8:55): The Blackhawks had killed off nine consecutive power plays over four games heading into this game. The Blackhawks were up to a 77.6 penalty-killing percentage. The Oilers would lower it again. Toews and Hossa were both near the left circle when the Oilers switched the puck to the right side. Nail Yakupov was wide open in the middle of the right circle and blasted a one-timer past Crawford. (Toews, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford)

13. Oilers, Nov. 10, third period (7:58): The Oilers scored again in the game when Philip Larsen shot from the point, and David Perron redirected it in front of the net. The scoring play started when the Blackhawks were unable to clear the puck behind the net. (Kruger, Smith, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

14. Phoenix Coyotes, Nov. 14, first period (14:04): An initial Coyotes’ shot bounced far off the end boards, and Shane Doan took advantage of it and knocked it past Crawford from just right of the net. Doan was facing the boards and saw the puck quicker than anyone else. (Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

15. Nashville Predators, Nov. 16, second period (9:02): The Blackhawks allowed a power-play goal for the third consecutive game. The Blackhawks were nine seconds away from killing a Kris Versteeg penalty when Bollig picked up a penalty for delay of game. The Blackhawks killed off the 5-on-3, but the Predators scored with 1:04 left on the 5-on-4. Shaw drifted too far away from the left circle trying to defend, and the Predators worked the puck to a wide-open Roman Josi at the top of the left circle. Josi took a slap shot, and Patric Hornqvist scored off a deflection at the front of the net. (Kruger, Shaw, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford)

16. Predators, Nov. 16, third period (14:07): This was the last of seven goals for the Predators in the game. The Predators worked the puck around and got Kruger and Shaw both near the middle of the ice. Shea Weber found open space at the top of the left circle and beat Crawford with a one-timer. (Kruger, Shaw, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford)

17. Winnipeg Jets, Nov. 21, second period (3:51): The Blackhawks went two consecutive games without giving up a power-play goal entering this game. The Jets scored their first power-play goal in transition. The Jets pushed the puck up the ice, and Keaton Ellerby fired a long-range shot that beat Crawford before the Blackhawks could get their penalty kill set up. (Toews, Smith, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

18. Jets, Nov. 21, second period (13:30): The Blackhawks were 32 seconds away from killing off a Johnny Oduya penalty when Michal Rozsival was called for tripping. The Jets scored 13 seconds into the 5-on-3 advantage when Dustin Byfuglien scored on a rebound. (Toews, Hjalmarsson, Seabrook, Crawford)

19. Vancouver Canucks, Nov. 23, first period (18:33): Shaw took the blame for a bad interference penalty to give the Canucks a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:04. Ryan Kessler scored on a rebound from the left circle with 44 seconds remaining on the 5-on-3. (Kruger, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

20. Coyotes, Nov. 30, second period (15:56): The Blackhawks were riding a three-game streak of perfect penalty killing prior to playing the Coyotes. Hjalmarsson gave the Coyotes a four-minute power play after he was called for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct. The Coyotes scored 1:28 into the first penalty when Michal Rozsival was too slow getting back into position after trying to help on the right side of the ice, and Martin Hanzal scored from the lower left circle, beating Antti Raanta. (Toews, Hossa, Oduya, Rozsival, Raanta)

21. Dallas Stars, Dec. 3, first period (18:50): The Blackhawks were up to a 74.7 penalty-killing percentage and had killed off nine of the last 10 power plays before playing the Stars. The Blackhawks’ percentage dropped again when Alex Chiasson tipped in blue-line shot from Alex Goligoski, who had found a shooting lane in the middle of the ice. (Toews, Hossa, Oduya, Rozsival, Crawford)

22. Wild, Dec. 5, first period (16:59): The Blackhawks allowed multiple power-play goals for the sixth time this season. Smith lost his stick early into the Wild’s power play, and it was from his side that Jason Pominville took a shot from the left circle. The puck was blocked in front of the net, and Parise scored on the rebound. It was Parise’s second rebound power-play goal of the season against the Blackhawks. (Kruger, Smith, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

23. Wild, Dec. 5, third period (14:21): The Wild scored a second power-play goal when Jonas Brodin’s shot from the right circle hit Oduya’s stick and flew past Crawford’s glove. (Kruger, Saad, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, Crawford)

24. Anaheim Ducks, Dec. 6, second period (10:05): The Ducks lowered the Blackhawks’ penalty-killing percentage to 71.8 after they scored on their lone power-play opportunity. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called it rock bottom for his team’s penalty kill when it allowed a goal with one second remaining on the Ducks’ power play. Ryan Getzlaf shot from the top of the right circle with Kruger in front of him, and the puck trickled through Raanta’s legs. It was the fourth consecutive game the Blackhawks had allowed a power-play goal. (Handzus, Kruger, Keith, Seabrook, Raanta)

Goal breakdown:

-- Eight goals have been scored from the left and right circles

-- Seven goals off redirects in front of the net

-- Four goals scored seconds after losing the faceoff

-- Three goals off rebounds

-- Two goals from the point

-- Two goals from 5-on-3 power plays

-- One goal off a favorable bounce off the end boards

-- One goal from slot off a defensive breakdown