Too many penalties prove detrimental to Blackhawks
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter May 24, 2014 10:58PM
KINGS 4, Blackhawks 3
BLACKHAWKS 2 0 1 — 3
Los Angeles 1 2 1 — 4
First Period—1, HAWKS, Toews 7, 5:26 (sh). 2, Los Angeles, Voynov 2 (Carter, Doughty), 6:16 (pp). 3, HAWKS, Toews 8 (Rozsival, Hossa), 13:19. Penalties—Handzus, HAWKS (concealing puck), 4:40; Martinez, LA (delay of game), 9:51.
Second Period—4, Los Angeles, Carter 8 (Pearson), 8:08. 5, Los Angeles, Toffoli 6 (Carter, Mitchell), 14:19. Penalties—Pearson, LA (high-sticking), 11:54; Williams, LA (high-sticking), 15:03; Los Angeles bench, served by Williams (too many men), 18:10.
Third Period—6, Los Angeles, Doughty 2 (Muzzin, Williams), 11:57. 7, HAWKS, Sharp 3 (Leddy), 19:55. Penalties—Leddy, HAWKS (hooking), 1:31; Rozsival, HAWKS (high-sticking), 9:55.
Shots on Goal—HAWKS 10-10-7—27. Los Angeles 10-4-18—32.
Power-play opportunities—HAWKS 0 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 3.
Goalies—HAWKS, Crawford 9-6-0 (32 shots-28 saves). L.A., Quick 10-7-0 (27-24).
Referees—Brad Watson, Steve Kozari. Linesmen—Steve Barton, Pierre Racicot.
A—18,374 (18,118). T—2:29.
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:52AM
LOS ANGELES — As often is the case when the Blackhawks are in a bind, special teams were the culprit in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings that put them in a 2-1 series deficit in the Western Conference final.
“Probably the story of the game again was us taking too many penalties,” defenseman Duncan Keith said after the Kings scored two goals as a result of Hawks penalties. “They’ve got a good power play. We have to stay out of the box.”
“Our power play didn’t help us. I thought it was the difference in the game,” coach Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks went 0-for-4 on the power play, with three shots on goal, in Game 3. “We had generated enough in the second period to put ourselves in a good spot. We not only didn’t generate much, but we lost momentum off those power plays.”
Frustration seemed to set after the Hawks lost a second-period lead for the second consecutive game. Their penalty-killing units have been outstanding in the postseason, ranking second in the NHL overall (46-of-52, 88.5 percent). But with the Kings scoring five goals as a result of power-play opportunities in the last two games, Keith was adamant that it was a discipline issue.
“There’s no other way to put it. We have to stay out of the box,” he said. “It’s frustrating. We’ve talked about it. They’re penalties we can’t take. I know sometimes there are penalties you have to take. Sometimes it’s an accident. But they seem to be scoring on the power play. They’ve got a lot of good players — [Marian] Gaborik, [Anze] Kopitar, [Mike] Richards, [Jeff] Carter, [Drew] Doughty. We might want to just stay out of the box.”
Keith sees it as a fixable issue.
“We know better,” he said. “Just do the job, stay out of the box — everybody; me, too. I’ve taken penalties throughout these playoffs. We’ve just got to stay out of the box.”
The Hawks benefitted initially from their first penalty. With Michal Handzus in the box for concealing the puck, Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed goal. But Slava Voynov countered with a power-play goal to tie the score 1-1.
“I shouldn’t do that,” Handzus said. “It’s a penalty. I shouldn’t touch the puck like that.”
Nick Leddy was called for hooking and Michal Rozsival for high-sticking. Drew Doughty scored two seconds after Rozsival’s penalty expired to give the Kings a 4-2 lead with 8:03 left in the third period.