Nothing 'special' about Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have allowed five power-play goals on the Kings' past 10 chances. (Kirby Lee/USA...

The Blackhawks have allowed five power-play goals on the Kings' past 10 chances. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

CHICAGO - If the Chicago Blackhawks can’t figure out their special teams problems on Wednesday night, it’s no big deal — they’ll have all summer to work on them.

Because they’ll be history.

The only thing worse than their power play in the Western Conference final has been their penalty killing (the Hawks are 1-for-11 with the man advantage in the past three games while allowing five power-play goals on L.A.’s past 10 chances), so it’s no wonder they are down 3-1 and facing elimination against the L.A. Kings in the Western Conference final.

“They’ve got some shot-blockers,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said of the Kings. “We’ve had some decent looks and all of a sudden you get a stick or a block.

“Our power play hasn’t been great the last couple of games, but I think we’ve been pretty consistent with it all year. Let’s get back and be confident that when we do have those looks, we blast away.”

That’s what the Kings are doing: Creating traffic and taking shots. Anything else — sorry, coaches — is over-thinking it.

“We’re just trying to simplify it a little bit,” said Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. “We’re just trying to get pucks up to the D-men, trying to get shots that way.

“My mentality is just get a shot off, a one-timer, no matter what. If it hits the guy, it hits the guy. Just want to get that in their heads that we’re going to be shooting pucks.

“The more you shoot, the more other things open up. We’ve taken advantage of those things.”


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