The normally mild-mannered Duncan Keith unleashed a vigorous fist-pump after scoring Tuesday night, the telling punctuation to the end of a 15-game goal-free stretch. Clearly, the Blackhawks won't rely on the Norris Trophy winner to fuel the offense by piling up goals. But if finally cashing in on a quality opportunity ignites more productive aggression from Keith, all the better for a team that needs high-level play from its stars during the stretch run. "I'll start worrying about (scoring) when I'm not getting any chances," Keith said after a morning practice Wednesday at Nationwide Arena. "The last little while, I got a lot of great chances and the goaltender made some good saves, and other times I just haven't buried it. More than anything, it was just nice to finish on the chance." It was also Keith's first power-play goal of the season — coming during a must-score, 5-on-3 situation. Not matching his numbers from last season isn't entirely his fault, but rekindling an energetic, attack-minded approach is indeed something Keith can control. "Duncs was very noticeable in his involvement in the attack," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said of the effort Tuesday night. "He had some speed off the rush, skated by some checking forwards and created some odd-man breaks.
Keith starting to show some fire
Chicago Tribune | Feb 3