CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have come into this season with a goal of shooting the puck more while on the power play, and through two games it's paid off.
Heading into a game Wednesday against the Calgary Flames at United Center (8 p.m. ET, SN), the Blackhawks are 2-for-9 in man-advantage situations and have scored a power-play goal in each of their first two games, both by forward Patrick Sharp off point shots.
Sharp, who finished second in the NHL with a career-high 313 shots last season, again is leading Chicago in that category with 13. Only now he and other point men on the power-play units appear to be launching shots from long range more often than recent seasons. It's part of the overall strategy created by new Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, who heads up the power play in practices.
"We've talked a little bit about it," Sharp said. "I think it's just the philosophy of our power play. I mean, I've always been a player that has a lot of shots, whether it's 5-on-5 or on the power play. That's my job out there."