Reformed Vancouver Canuck agitators Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows have been angels in this playoffs series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kesler has yet to take a penalty while Burrows has one roughing minor, taken in garbage time Tuesday when the 7-2 outcome was beyond all doubt. That's the good news.

The not-so-good news is their teammates are taking plenty of penalties — Chicago's had 19 power plays in the four games — and Kesler and Burrows are burning too many calories trying to kill them. Neither has a goal in the series and that may be a function of the hard minutes attempting to stop Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and all their power-play pals.

Kesler has managed 19 shots on Hawks netminder Corey Crawford but Burrows is stuck on just five, and he's missing a lot of shifts with regular linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin due to his penalty-kill duties.

"It is taxing at times," Kesler admitted Wednesday as the Canucks attempted to re-group after being thoroughly dismantled the night before. "Bottom line, we obviously need to take less penalties. Killing penalties takes you out of the [offensive] game, for sure. I'm not going to comment on whether we're getting bad calls."

The Canucks were very disciplined in their two home games and played a man short only five times. They killed all five, won both games and took a 2-0 series lead. It was a different story in the Windy City. They put Chicago on the power plays seven times in Game 3 but still managed to eke out a 3-2 victory despite giving up two power-play goals. They again put Chicago on seven power plays in Game 4, again gave up two power-plays goals but this time lost badly.

The Canucks, who lead the series 3-1 and can close it out Thursday at home (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1040), are 4-for-10 on their power play during the series. They've had barely half the opportunities that have gone to the Blackhawks.