The two goals on Friday night were like little gifts from the special-teams gods. Finally, finally, the Blackhawks connected on a power play that had disappeared for more than two weeks.

Heading into Saturday’s game against Phoenix, coach Joel Quenneville hoped that would spark the power play into some consistency.

“You could feel the whole group there, when we scored, felt more comfortable,” he said prior to Saturday’s game. “We’ll try to keep it going.”

The Blackhawks did, scoring two more on Saturday night. And suddenly, that power play that was looking like such a liability was becoming an asset again. It comes just in time, as the playoffs are just around the corner. For the Blackhawks, getting off the power-play schneid was critical.

“It just goes to show you it’ll make a difference in some of those tight games where maybe we don’t get the bounces 5 on 5,” Jonathan Toews said after Brent Seabrook tallied two power-play goals vs. the Coyotes. “A couple good shots by Seabs, a couple good plays; both units were doing some good things, so it was nice to see.”

nice plays, nice goals, coming at a nice time. The Blackhawks’ power play was ranked 21st in the NHL heading into their weekend games. After netting four goals on seven advantages Friday and Saturday, they’re now 16th.

“I liked the power play. We had good motion, good movement,” Quenneville said. “It’s nice to see the finished product. It was definitely a sore point for a stretch of games here, so it’s nice to see something come out of it on the power-play side.”