Blackhawks look to snap 0-for-3 hex
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org June 16, 2013 9:32PM
Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Michal Rozsival
9Years since the last time the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final were split. The Flames and Lightning were tied 1-1 in 2004.
14Consecutive power plays for the Blackhawks without a goal. The Hawks’ last power-play goal came in Game 2 of the conference final against the Kings.
22Consecutive penalties killed by the Bruins. They haven’t allowed a power-play goal since Game 5 of their conference semifinal against the Rangers.
Updated: June 16, 2013 11:07PM
BOSTON — It’s not desperation time yet for the Blackhawks, with the Stanley Cup Final tied 1-1. But coach Joel Quenneville wants his team to play like it is.
After losing home-ice advantage with a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday night against the Bruins at the United Center, the Hawks will have to win at least once on the road to win the Cup.
That’s not a big deal. The Hawks have won at least one road game in their last nine playoff series, including all three this season. But each time, they lost Game 3.
‘‘We played pretty well in Detroit when it was 1-1 in the series,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘We had a 2-0 lead in Minnesota. In L.A., maybe we were comfortable with the situation coming off two nice wins.
‘‘Detroit got our attention after Game 2. It was one of those games that could have gone either way. That’s got to be our approach going into [Monday] night’s game — desperate, something to prove. We’re not happy with the ending [in Game 2]. We have to be better.’’
The Hawks have been the best road playoff team the last four seasons (14-11). But it’s that first road game that has been problematic.
The Hawks are 2-7 in the first road game of a playoff series since 2010, including six consecutive losses. But they’re 12-4 on the road after the first one. It’s as if they need a game to adjust to the surroundings, then are able to better play their game.
In this year’s playoffs, the Hawks are 0-3 in Game 3, but 3-1 on the road after Game 3.
‘‘I knew that stat coming in,’’ Patrick Kane said Sunday at TD Garden. ‘‘When you’re at home the first two games, sometimes you get a little bit too comfortable. Then you come on the road, maybe it’s like a rude awakening when you come and play on the road.
‘‘We’ve had three series to figure that out, learn it. It was a huge Game 4 against L.A. to come back and win that one. We definitely want to be better [Monday night], especially in the first game on the road.’’
The Hawks have not won in Boston since before they won the Cup — a 5-2 victory on Jan. 7, 2010. But they’ve returned only once since, losing 3-0 on March 29, 2011.
‘‘We’ve been a good road team for a couple of years now,’’ forward Patrick Sharp said. ‘‘We haven’t played a whole lot in Boston, but we’re definitely familiar with the way they play there. It’s a tough building to go in and win games, but there’s enough incentive on the line that we can muster up a good effort.’’
‘‘It’s not an easy rink to play in — I remember that,’’ center Dave Bolland said. ‘‘We’ve just got to play hard and play our game.’’