'Canes lacking power

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

The Hurricanes came into the playoffs thinking their powerplay couldn't get much worse.

They were wrong.

Lethbridge managed just two goals in 31 opportunities (6.5%) against the Calgary Hitmen over six regular-season games.

But that was a veritable offensive explosion compared to what awaited them in the post-season.

The 'Canes, who came up empty on seven chances last night, are a miserable 1-for-21 (4.8%) in the series.

Calgary blueliner Dustin Kohn said it comes down to good, old hard work.

"Usually a team's penalty killers are their hardest-working guys," said Kohn.

"If you can match the work ethic on your powerplay, we've got some pretty skilled guys out there, you'll be all right."

The Hitmen powerplay made good on two of seven man-advantage situations last night -- providing all of the team's offence in regulation time -- and is an impressive 4-for-17 (23.5%) in the first four games of the series.

Lethbridge coach Lindsay Hofford credited Calgary 'tender Justin Pogge for derailing his club's powerplay.

"Well, Pogge has been pretty good," Hofford said. "And we've hit the post something like five times.

"Sometimes you need a little luck to get the confidence going.

"I've always said the goaltender is the best penalty killer and he's done a good job when they're a man down."

Another theory for Calgary's special teams dominance is the Hitmen's massive size advantage.

Except for Jonathan Filewich, few of the 'Bridge's skilled forwards possess the necessary bulk to stand in front of the opposition net.

Hitmen captain Ryan Getzlaf discounted the size factor.

"They've obviously had a good powerplay all year so it's hard to contribute it to that," said Getzlaf, who drew assists on both powerplay markers and was brilliant on the PK. "Guys are blocking shots, guys are working and we need that from everybody."


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