Hawks' power play comes up empty again
June, 16, 2013
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- When the Chicago Blackhawks win and their power play fails, it's a side note.
When the Blackhawks lose, especially in a one-goal game, and their power play fails, those missed opportunities are thrown into the spotlight.
On Saturday night, the spotlight was back on Chicago's power play.
The Blackhawks went goal-less on three power-play opportunities in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Blackhawks are 0-for-6 on the power play in the series and haven't scored on their past 15 power-play chances dating to Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. They're 7-of-57 for a 12.3 percent success rate through the entire playoffs.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said he thought his team's power-play struggles had to do with the Bruins' penalty-kill strengths as much as anything. The Bruins have killed of 22 consecutive power plays dating to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"They've got a good penalty kill and so do we," Toews said. "It's tough to go out there and do everything that you want to do every single time you get the chance. We had a good first power play. We created some chances there.
"What can I say? Like Game 1, it was a few bad breaks. [Marian Hossa] gets the puck on the half wall and his stick folds in half. Not much you can do there. It's little things like that that you can't dwell on, and we'll keep working. You'd like to get a big goal early on tonight and maybe get a two-goal lead. Definitely makes a difference, but you can't sit there and feel sorry for yourself. We'll be better in the next one."
The Blackhawks did begin Saturday's game with a positive power play. After the Bruins' Andrew Ference was called for tripping at 6:51 in the first period, the Blackhawks kept the puck in the offensive zone for a majority of the power play and had two shots on goal, had two shots blocked and missed the net on one shot.
The Blackhawks' next two power plays didn't create a shot on goal. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he didn't like how the power play ended up Saturday, but he didn't think it cost them the game.
"Two good looks on the first one," Quenneville said. "[Duncan Keith] had a great chance, Nick Leddy. I thought that was our two nice setups. We lost a little momentum on the next one or two. I just thought we lost the momentum in other areas."