The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been able to find a formula to create consistent power play success yet this season, but they haven’t lost hope in still discovering it. The Blackhawks have scored seven goals on 49 power-play chances for a 14.3 percentage in the playoffs. In the regular season, they scored 25 goals on 151 chances for a 16.6 percentage, which ranked 19th. Against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, the Blackhawks have tallied one power-play goal in 12 chances through four games. “For us, I think it’s important,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said after the team’s morning skate on Saturday. “We still want to get the power play going. We’ve had chances. We’ve had opportunities. But at the same time, it’s not good enough. You want to cash in and bury those. “[They] could be huge goals at any part of the game, any time you get those specials teams’ goals. If it wasn’t for our penalty kill, maybe we’d be talking more about the power play struggling. Our penalty kill has been great.” As inconsistent as the Blackhawks’ power play has been, their penalty kill has been performing at the other end of the spectrum throughout the playoffs. The Blackhawks have killed off 53-of-55 power plays for a 96.4 percentage, which is first among playoff teams. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was hopeful the power play would still ignite and give them some more breathing room in tight games. “Maybe you look at the game [on Thursday,] we trailed for at least half the game there until we tied it up in the second [period,]” Toews said on Friday. “We feel if you take advantage of a few of your power-play chances, maybe you can take the lead, take a little more control of the game, maybe distance yourself a little bit from the other team.
Hawks still seeking productive power play
ESPN Chicago | Jun 8