Toews brushes aside talk of 2nd-period struggles
The Blackhawks have had their share of struggles in the second period this postseason, and Sunday's middle 20 was no different as they were outshot 17-6 by the Kings.
"I don't know (why)," Jonathan Toews said of the recent phenomenon. "I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to what happens throughout a game, whether they take it to us at a certain part of the game or trends that you guys might see.
"I don't think there's anything special to that or any hidden meanings or anything like that."
Here's goalie Corey Crawford's response to a postgame question about if facing Kings goalie Jonathan Quick affects his play:
"No, unless he skates down the ice and starts dangling around our guys. I mean, I'm focused on their players. It really doesn't affect my game, whatever goes on on the other end."
"Well said," podium mate Jonathan Toews said with a smile.
Finding his groove:
Since being a healthy scratch for Game 3 in Minnesota, Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy has been turning it on of late.
"Yeah, I think so," said Leddy, whose blast from the point was tipped in by his buddy Brandon Saad to open the scoring Sunday. "Like I said, in that series after that game, I've got to pick up my play and I think I've done a pretty good job at that.
"But we've got to keep going and get better."
By the numbers:
The Blackhawks are now 8-0 when scoring first during the 2014 playoffs. ... Brandon Saad, who opened the scoring Sunday with his first career postseason power-play goal, has a career-high 9 points through 13 postseason games. ... Marian Hossa tallied 2 assists Sunday for his fourth multi-point game of the playoffs. He ranks sixth in the league with a team-high 13 points in as many games, including 5 assists in his last four games.
He said it:
"It helps. There are five guys on the ice so there's no reason why five guys can't be in on the play."
-- Duncan Keith, on the Hawks' defensemen adding to the scoresheet on a consistent basis.