It’s tempting when you have the precision of Duncan Keith the
vision of Marian Hossa the skill of Patrick Sharp and the power of Brent Seabrook to try to be too fancy. To try for the superstar
play the otherworldly pass the ideal shot. To try to make the ­perfect play.

But in the chaotic world of the power play the perfect play is usually the imperfect one — the deflection the rebound the funky bounce off a defender’s skate or the back boards. Style points don’t get you special-teams points.

‘‘It’s when you try to take it over as an individual and slow things down and try to look for that perfect shot that things often get blocked’’ said Sharp the point man on the Blackhawks’ power play. ‘‘The power play’s not successful because of one guy; it’s all five guys working together.’’

And that so far has been the difference between the Hawks’ power play last season and this season. While it’s pretty much the same five guys on each unit they’re working together. They’re moving. They’re creating. And more than anything else they’re shooting — early and as often as possible.

Through five games the Hawks are 5-for-20 with the man advantage and have scored at least one power-play goal in four games — solid numbers that become spectacular when compared with the last two seasons. It’s early of course. But considering they were at 16.6 percent last regular season and at 11.4 percent during the playoffs it’s encouraging.

The Hawks pride themselves on being the best 5-on-5 team in hockey and that was good enough to win the Stanley Cup last season. So imagine what a decent power play — let alone a great one — could do.

‘‘It’s not the main focus of the team’’ Sharp said. ‘‘Obviously we won last year when our power play wasn’t very good. But you saw in the Buffalo game [Saturday] I thought we outplayed them but that power-play goal was the difference. It’s going to help us.’’

In the game against the Sabres Sharp set up a power-play goal by Patrick Kane with a beautiful cross-ice pass. That was one of the pretty ones but even it was set up by better motion by pulling defenders out of position by creating passing and shooting lanes. That’s the biggest difference this season: The Hawks not only are taking more shots but they’re getting pucks through to the net where Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell can try to tip deflect or swat them in.

‘‘We’re moving more and not standing still as much’’ said Michal Rozsival an occasional power-play point man particularly when the Hawks are nursing a lead and don’t want to have a forward on the blue line. ‘‘To get the shots through you have to either shoot it quick before the lane closes or move and try to change the angle. Because all the penalty-killers in the league right now are so good at taking away the line to the net.’’