While Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville felt the power play was better on Tuesday against Calgary, it still failed in 5 chances in the 2-0 win.
The power play is 1-for-12 in the last four games as it tries to get by without stars Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
“I thought we had A-plus chances (Tuesday) to score on our power play,” Quenneville said. “We missed some empty nets and had looks we should have cashed in on. I was much happier with the power play’s effectiveness and what we were trying to achieve. We didn’t lose any momentum, which I thought we did on Monday.”
Sharp and Hossa, both out with shoulder injuries, could be back sooner than later.
“The key with those guys is they’re familiar with their position and they always want the puck,” Patrick Kane said. “We’re definitely missing those guys.”
In addition to scoring his fifth goal of the season Tuesday, defenseman Nick Leddy was plus-1 in 17 minutes of ice time and blocked 2 shots.
“He was good tonight and had great pace with the attack with his speed and quickness, skating by guys,” Joel Quenneville said.
Leddy and partner Michal Rozsival lead all Hawks defenseman with a plus-13 rating. Leddy appears to have found his niche as the Hawks’ fifth defenseman.
“Playing in Rockford (during the lockout) definitely helped with growing my confidence,” Leddy said. “That was definitely a big thing for me.”
The Hawks got 2 more goals from the defense on Tuesday, making it 17 for the season.
“Our defense has been good and contributing to our offense, be it off the rush or in the zone,” Quenneville said. “I think we definitely have some good shooters on the back end, and down low they can cash in on some rebounds.
“They certainly have some motion going in the offensive zone, which can be tough to contain defensively. They don’t remain stationary. They are looking to get involved with our cycling, which enhances our puck possession game.”
With Wednesdays’ trade deadline approaching, Joel Quenneville isn’t worried about a deal disrupting chemistry in the dressing room.
“That all plays itself out,” Quenneville said. “We’ve got some nice chemistry in here and the guys are all together, but all the players know it’s all part of our game and you’ve got to adapt to the situation.
“It’s all about being a good pro. I think we’re all familiar with what could happen. We like our team. We like the depth of our team. It’s been a good year to date, and I’m very happy with what we have.”Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.