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Blackhawks search for answers on offense, PP

May 24, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks scored 155 goals in 48 games this season, second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It must be flabbergasting that they have only scored three times over four contests against the Detroit Red Wings in their second-round series, then.

The team seemed peeved after Game 4′s 2-0 loss, yet there still seems to be a belief in their talents.

Even after losing his cool on Thursday, Jonathan Toews‘ reactions were pretty upbeat, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports.

“We played our tails off. We did a lot of good things. We just didn’t find the back of the net,” Toews said. “Something’s got to give. We’re too good a team, too much talent. For as hard as we’re working, something’s got to go our way.”

Corey Crawford agreed, noting that the team hit three posts and just didn’t seem to get the bounces.

Most specifically, their seems to be some angst about the team’s power play, which is 1-for-12 in the series (with the only goal coming via a 4-1 victory in Game 1).

Patrick Sharp simply told CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that it is “brutal” while Duncan Keith seemed downright exasperated according to Lazerus.

“I don’t know what you want me to say,” Keith said. “Same thing every time. It’s not good.”

“It’s not working.”

Whether it’s making alterations or hoping for better puck luck, Chicago needs to turn things around right away. At least they seem pretty optimistic that it can happen, though.

  1. pizzano7416 - May 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Sorry but Howard is just not this good.. Hawks aren’t doing something..

    • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Seriously??? No wait… we can’t take you seriously…

      THe Hawks are an awesome team… and Howard is THE MVP of this series.

      Take a hike pizzaman – you’re OUT.

    • kendog1 - May 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM

      Sounds like an existential quandry, Howard is not as good as he is. Thing is, he’s been doing it for about six weeks in a row. Hard to not accept it. I’m just sick of the biased broadcasting from Eddie O. Totally unprofessional. How can NBC keep using this guy?

      • jeffchadwick - May 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        I’m ok with Olcyzk as long as he’s not doing Blackhawks games. When it’s a random, say, Rangers-Flyers tilt (or something like that), he’s actually pretty good. But he’s a Hawk through and through, and it shows. He should take a lesson from Troy Aikman, who does a ton of Cowboy games through his role at Fox, but never sounds particularly biased.

      • kendog1 - May 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        So if he can’t be objective why is NBC using him? His comments are really not that insightful. 80 % of his comments are cliches that he has used in the past. So are we just supposed to let him ruin the playoffs? As it is, more than half the time I have the sound turned off because it’s just too annoying. Dave Strader and Brian Engstrom are far superior as an announcing team. Bring back Bill Clemente and Gary Thorne. Compared to the other major sports, NBC’s top broadcasting team is really an embarrassment to the NHL.

  2. cheesesteak75 - May 24, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Toews needs to stop taking stupid penalties and start acting like a real captain. It’s not often when you see a teams own players trying to get their captain to calm down. “Something’s got to give” and it starts with the “captain”.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - May 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Never underestimate the Heart of Hockeytown! All the talk is about Chicago.
    Not much mention of the Wings defense.
    Jimmy Howard is a brick wall. Make some tee times Hawks. Series ends Saturday.

  4. pone27 - May 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Call it faith, but if there is one team who can win 3 straight, its the Hawks.

    These games aren’t a result of bad hockey on the Hawks part. It’s the case of a (yes he is right now) hot goaltender and a boat load of shots off the post.

    Hawks had a ton of breakaways that game, they completely spread out the Wings D.

    The wings have to hope that Toews gets 3 penalties in 10 mins again of they really want to feel comfortable next game.

    • bingobango2013 - May 24, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I know it’s comforting for Hawks fans to talk about how many posts have been rung, but here’s the thing: To score in hockey you have to get the puck BETWEEN the posts. Hitting the post means your shot wasn’t accurate enough. I concede, if teams are given a point for hitting the post, the Hawks would be winning this series, but this is not horseshoes, it’s hockey. Also consider that a very good goalie will position himself at an angle that if he missed the puck the puck will HIT the post. Not saying that was the case every time, but it’s something to consider. Wings are playing great, who cares if the media doesn’t focus on that. All the better!!

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      @pone27 “Hawks had a ton of breakaways that game, they completely spread out the Wings D. ”
      What you really mean is the Hawks have players parked at the Wing’s blue line.
      Cherry pickers leave your team short handed until they get the puck to throw it up to you. It isn’t working out for them is it.

  5. kcprof926 - May 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Howard has been amazing. However it may just take one goal to get the Hawks going. If that happens look out. This team is capable of coming back but Detroit pressure has been relentless.

  6. wingsfan13 - May 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Besides that, I don’t believe hitting the post even counts as a shot on net. Jimmy has been playing out of his mind, and is in the heads of the Hawks. Go Wings

  7. groleo45 - May 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Sorry champ, but nothing HAS to give. You may have picked up your intensity, but it has been more than matched by the wings. You are owed abslolutely nothing.

    It seems to me that Chicago and their fans were ready for the coronation, and the stars have been commpletely unresponsive after getting punched square in the mouth.

  8. wingsdjy - May 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    “The Chicago Blackhawks scored 155 goals in 48 games this season, second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It must be flabbergasting that they have only scored three times over four contests against the Detroit Red Wings in their second-round series, then.”

    Um…the Hawks have 6 goals over 4 games. Granted 4 of them came in game 1. PHT needs a stat-boy.

  9. bustmustplus - May 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Red Wings are just exposing what people knew all along; a team unable to man up and take a smack to the chin.

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