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Blackhawks' power play continues to struggle

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 2:08 AM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / Stanley Cup Final series blog

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Blackhawks' power play continues to struggle

CHICAGO – There were signs of slight improvement on their first power play Saturday night, but the Chicago Blackhawks reverted back to bad habits in the next two during their 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After going 0-for-3 in a triple overtime Game 1 victory on Wednesday, the Blackhawks watched another trio of man-advantage situations go by the wayside in Game 2 with just two combined shots on goal – and both of those coming on the first power play of the game.

Chicago is now 0-for-6 in the series on the power play and its conversion rate dipped to 12.3 percent (7-for-57) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not helping matters is the success rate of the Bruins’ penalty kill, which is snuffing out power plays at a clip of 87.9 percent (ranked fourth in the postseason).

“They’ve got a good penalty kill and so do we,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “It’s tough to go out there and do everything that you want to do every single time you get the chance. We had a good first power play. We created some chances there. What can I say? Like Game 1, it was a few bad breaks.”

One of those bad breaks was literal, when star forward Marian Hossa’s stick snapped in half during one of Chicago’s man-advantages, leading to the Bruins clearing the zone.

“[Hossa] gets the puck on the half wall and his stick folds in half, not much you can do there,” Toews said. “It’s little things like that that you can’t dwell on and we’ll keep working. You’d like to get a big goal early on tonight and maybe get a two-goal lead. It definitely makes a difference, but you can’t sit there and feel sorry for yourself. We’ll be better in the next one.”

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