Blackhawks revive power play with two goals
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org May 25, 2013 11:44PM
Chicago Blackhawks Vs Detroit Red Wings 3rd Period. Chicago Blackhawks Andrew Shaw celebrates his 2nd goal of the game. Saturday May 25, 2013 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:16AM
All it took was nearly every hockey cliche in the book to break the Blackhawks out of their power-play slump.
Jonathan Toews won a faceoff. Brent Seabrook put three shots on goal. The Hawks maintained possession of the puck and Andrew Shaw battled Niklas Kronwall in front of Jimmy Howard to establish a presence in front of the net.
Duncan Keith’s shot from the point — the Hawks’ sixth shot attempt of the series— finally gave the Blackhawks’ power play its long-awaited payoff when his slap shot was deflected by Shaw past Howard for a tie-breaking goal with 6:52 left in the second period that ultimately made the difference in the Hawks’ 4-1 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday night at the United Center.
‘‘That’s what we need,’’ Keith said. ‘‘[Shaw] made a nice tip there. But more than that he’s in front of the net. It’s the screen that we need. It’s not rocket science. it’s keeping it simple, moving the puck and taking what they give you. We did that tonight. I don’t know why we haven’t been able to do that before.’’
Shaw’s goal broke a streak of 13 scoreless power-play opportunities — a spate of futility that was worse than the numbers indicated.
Shaw’s goal sparked a resurgence by the Hawks’ power play. When the Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader was called for cross-checking Patrick Kane with 4:25 left in the second period, it took the Hawks just 12 seconds to score. Jonathan Toews won a faceoff, then took a pass from Marian Hossa and flipped a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle off Howard’s left shoulder for a 3-1 lead.
‘‘When you score, you get a little confidence boost,’’ Seabrook said.’
The Hawks also caught a break on Shaw’s goal when Pavel Datsyuk lost his stick.
‘‘Datsyuk breaking his stick definitely helped out,’’ Seabrook said. ‘‘It’s hard to pass around him.’’
It was a sudden turnaround for a power play booed by Hawks fans in the first period. The difference?
‘‘Just getting shots,’’ Keith said. ‘‘Keeping it simple. Moving pucks. Nothing fancy. We stuck with it. We didn’t get down even when we were geting booed. We just came out and did what we talked about — getting pucks on net.’’