Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson (52) is taken into the boards by Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews (19) and forward Patrick Sharp (10) in the second period during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal playoffs in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2013. (REUTERS)
CHICAGO - Having a great penalty kill is akin to a hall pass.
It also gives license to punch an opponent in the face.
So far this post-season, the Chicago Blackhawks have been perfect on the penalty kill. They’ve killed off all 20 of the minors they’ve taken.
“We have a lot of confidence in it right now,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. “We’re used to seeing guys like Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Duncan Keith block a lot of shots. But also our forwards are getting in the action and getting in the shooting lanes. That’s the type of thing that we need to be doing in the playoffs.”