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Blackhawks aiming to get better on the kill

by Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- Thanks to a couple of really tough games that saw a number of power-play goals go in against them, the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves 29th in the League in killing penalties heading into tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes (8 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2).

The good news for the Hawks is they kept the St. Louis Blues scoreless on the man-advantage in all four opportunities in Saturday's 5-2 win on the road. Now, they're looking to build on that success back home at the United Center.

"We've just got to work harder on our PK," defenseman Brent Seabrook said after today's morning skate. "We've got to be better. We've got to pay more attention to detail. The players who are on the power play are so skilled and they can make so many great plays that it's just
one of those things where you've got to outwork them."

It also takes a willingness to sacrifice the body to block shots, clear the offensive zone and clean up loose pucks in front of the net -- all of which the Hawks did Saturday against the Blues.

"When you have a chance to get in front of a shot or ice it and get it all the way down the ice, we've got to do that," said Seabrook, who recently returned from a lower-body injury. "That's something that we've got to be better at, and also clearing rebounds in front of our goaltender. They're doing a pretty good job of making the first save, so we've got to clear the rebounds and other stuff in front of them."

It also helped to get shorthanded goals over the weekend from Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, to give five shorthanded goals this season, tying them for the League lead.

"It seems like when you score shorthanded it really is a big lift for your team," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's really not good for the opposition. I'd say both goals turned out to be huge. I thought we killed penalties extremely well in the (St. Louis) game. We prevented entries, we pressured them when it was necessary and had good clears. It was a good job."
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