CHICAGO -- It was a problem area for much of the regular season and hasn't really improved from a statistical standpoint for the Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chicago's power play continues to struggle -- to put it mildly. After going 0-for-4 in a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday at Staples Center, the Blackhawks are 1-for-12 in this best-of-7 series (8.3 percent).
They are 7-for-49 (14.3 percent) in the postseason, and 1-for-22 (4.6 percent) in power plays on the road in the playoffs.
"You look at maybe [Game 4] and we trailed for at least half the game there until we tied it up in the second [at even strength]," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Friday. "We feel if you take advantage of a few of your power play chances there, maybe you could take the lead and take a little more control of the game and distance yourself a little bit from the other team."
Instead, the game stayed close right to the final horn. Chicago even had a 5-on-3 advantage for 53 seconds in the second period and managed one shot on goal despite coach Joel Quenneville spending his timeout to prepare for it.
"I know the 5-on-3 is a disappointing miss [Thursday] night, but at the same time they're a pretty good penalty-killing team, as well," Quenneville said. "As long as you don't lose the momentum, I think the power play's been OK, but certainly we'd like something to show for it."
Toews isn't ready to just throw in the towel heading into Game 5 on Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
The Blackhawks played better with the man advantage in the final three games of their seven-game comeback win against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals and Toews said he believes it can happen again.
"A series ago, we were asking ourselves the same thing and answering the same questions about our power play early in the series against Detroit. We came on strong late in the series and it helped us a lot in winning that series," he said. "It's something we're always focused on and we'll keep trying to work on. We know that it can make a difference in the series, so we're very aware of that."