Blackhawks’ power play lacks luck and goals
By neil hayes firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2011 8:48PM
Updated: December 2, 2011 8:21AM
The Blackhawks got an improved performance from their power play, but for the second consecutive game, they had nothing to show for it.
“The number of chances we had on the power play tonight, something’s got to give,” coach Joel Quenneville said after his team’s 5-4 overtime victory Monday against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. “We’re generating what we want, but you measure production.”
The Hawks were ranked 27th in the league before going 0-for-7 against Nashville, dropping them to an anemic 4-for-45 for the season.
The unit has looked much better in the last two games, however. Three power-play goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night were disallowed. They also had numerous chances swallowed up by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had 35 saves.
“We’ve been moving pretty good, especially on the power play,” said winger Marian Hossa, who had three assists. “I know we couldn’t get a goal from it, but their goalie was big tonight. On a different night, two or three goals would be in for sure.”
If the Hawks weren’t sitting atop the Central Division with 16 points, their power-play production would be an even bigger concern.
“Our power play is fine,” winger Patrick Sharp said. “The guys out there are confident, and we’re not really worrying about it. The units have changed quite a bit. Sometimes it takes awhile to get into it.”
Defenseman Duncan Keith took a shot from Ryan Suter off his left hand in the second period and did not return. Quenneville said Keith was day-to-day.