Teuvo Teravainen aims to be more aggressive in return to the lineup
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter March 30, 2014 5:27PM
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 27: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH — Teuvo Teravainen wants to shoot first, and ask himself questions later.
“I need to shoot more,” the Blackhawks rookie said after Sunday’s morning skate at Consol Energy Center. “Just too much thinking to pass all the time. It’s a different game here, I just need to shoot more and get the puck to the net, and get rebounds, I think.”
Teravainen always has been a playmaker first, a scorer second. As Jokerit’s leading scorer this season in Finland, he had just nine goals to go with his 35 assists. But goals in the NHL come differently than they do in Finland. In North America, it’s more about generating chances via traffic in front of the net and rebounds. That starts with simply shooting more often. And through two games, Teravainen has yet to record a shot on goal — with just one shot attempt in each game.
“It’s a new world here, a new game, a new style,” Teravainen said.
Teravainen will return to the lineup tonight after sitting out the Ottawa game. He’ll play on a line with Kris Versteeg and Peter Regin.
“It’ll be good,” Versteeg said. “Hopefully, I’ll help him out and help him score his first goal. I told him to put his stick on the ice, I’ll find him.”
“Just be confident out there,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. He’s had some good opportunities there where he’s looking to maybe take it out of the scoring area to make a play. He’s being nice to his linemates. … Just be confident with the puck, and want the puck, and just play.”
So far, Teravainen hasn’t been terribly overwhelmed by playing in the NHL. And he doesn’t think he’ll get starstruck should he line up for a faceoff against Penguins star Sidney Crosby tonight.
“If I win a faceoff from Sidney Crosby, that would be awesome,” Teravainen said with a smile.