Blackhawks can’t pressure Jonathan Quick with too much time on penalty kill
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org June 4, 2013 11:56PM
Updated: June 5, 2013 12:24AM
LOS ANGELES — After knocking out Jonathan Quick in
Game 2, the Blackhawks all but gave the Kings goaltender the night off in Game 3.
Finding the going much tougher on the road, the Hawks managed just 20 shots on Quick in a 3-1 loss in Game 3 at Staples Center on Tuesday night, scoring only on Bryan Bickell’s wraparound late in the second period.
‘‘They played hard. They played quick. They were skating better,’’ Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said. ‘‘They managed to finish a lot more hits than they did in Chicago, but that’s to be expected.’’
It was a far cry from the Hawks’ barrage on Quick in Game 2 at the United Center, when they chased him from the game with four goals on 17 shots in less than 30 minutes. At the same point of Game 3, they had eight shots on goal and were down 2-0. They had 10 shots through two periods.
‘‘[The Kings] just played with more energy,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘They were excited to be at home. They’re confident in this building and they showed that tonight.
‘‘I just don’t think we had the pace and speed to our game that we usually have, and that’s something we have to improve on the next one. If we do that, we’ll get more offensive chances.’’
It didn’t help that the Hawks spent eight minutes of the first two periods killing penalties on Sharp (slashing), Johnny Oduya (interference) and Duncan Keith (double minor for high-sticking).
‘‘We’ve got to find a way to get more,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘We took some bad penalties there, and being shorthanded that kind of kills the rotations. And scoring first helped them a lot. We knew they were going to play well in their building, and they did. It’s time to regroup and be better in Game 4.’’
Unlike Game 2, when the Hawks had golden opportunities against Quick right away, they rarely forced Quick to make any big saves in Game 3. They had a flurry early in the third period when Dustin Brown was called for a penalty. But Quick was up to the challenge. Duncan Keith had a slap shot turned away, and Patrick Kane and Bickell were stopped by Quick from close in.
Typical of the Hawks’ luck, even when they got a break they couldn’t take advantage of it. A bad line change by the Kings with five minutes left gave Duncan Keith a breakaway opportunity. But the play developed so quickly that Keith was offside — barely — and the whistle thwarted that opportunity.
The Hawks know they’re unlikely to beat Quick with 20 shots.
‘‘They’ve got some big defensemen that can move back there,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘They do a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and protecting the front of the net. We’ve got to find a way to not only generate more shots, but better quality shots.’’