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As good as the Blackhawks have been at drawing penalties in the preseason, their special teams have been just as disproportionate. Their Power Play was 0 for 17 in the five games leading up to Friday’s preseason finale, while the Penalty Kill was 18 for 19.

They finally turned on the power in their fifth Power Play against the Rangers Friday, when Patrick Kane sniped a shot past Henrik Lundqvist in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime (shootout) loss.

This makes Chicago 1 for 22 on the Power Play (and 20 for 21 on the Penalty Kill).

A lacking Power Play not something new for the team, but it is something they’d hoped to change with an evolving roster.

Adding Brad Richards was, among other things, meant to alleviate Power Play woes. In his 13 years in the NHL, Richards has earned 41 percent of his 867 points with an opponent in the penalty box.

The Blackhawks tried him alongside Brent Seabrook, on the blue line, in Nick Leddy‘s usual spot. That’s a tradeoff, of course. Richards has a mind for offense, and the Blackhawks need to get the puck to the net, especially on a Power Play. But, putting him in a defender’s position leaves a normally-protected spot open.

“It doesn’t matter how fancy you want to get, shooting the puck is always the No. 1 recipe for a good power play,” Richards said. “You can’t be on the perimeter the whole power play, you’ll just kill it off yourself. You have to have a shooting mentality.”

Therein lies the Hawks’ problem on the Power Play–wasting time passing that could be spent shooting.

“We were looking for too many stick-to-stick plays and too many perfect plays we didn’t shoot the puck on the power play,” Coach Joel Quenneville said after Wednesday’s loss in Montreal. “We could’ve gotten more momentum off it.”

Rangers-Blackhawks

The 1 for 5 Power Play stat helped Chicago recover from a 1-0 deficit in the second period.

The Rangers struck first, with Martin St. Louis tipping a shot past goalie Corey Crawford. Michael Kostka and Matt Hunwick assisted.

Kane’s goal, fed by Seabrook and Teuvo Teravainen started momentum for Chicago. Just over two minutes later, Andrew Shaw scored with a beautiful setup from Kane and Brandon Saad.

Ryan Malone (J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast) knotted the score at two with about 4:30 left in the game and neither team was able to score through overtime.

Mats Zuccarello (round one) and Malone (round nine) scored in the nine-round shootout to give New York the victory.

As the consolation prize, Chicago fans were able to see Teravainen (round three) do this:

Blackhawks-Canadiens

In the Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss to the Canadiens Wednesday, they were 0 and 4 on the Power Play.  They led Montreal in shots 32-19 and faceoff wins 30-27.

Montreal’s goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves and the team blocked 23 shots for the win. The game was scoreless through two periods.

At 4:03 into the third, Rene Bourque (Christian Thomas, Nathan Beaulieu) shot a wrister past netminder Antti Raanta. Just under two minutes later, Beaulieu tipped in a shot from Drayson Bowman (Jake Dowell).

Andrew Shaw halved the Canadiens’ lead with a breakaway wristshot fed from Brandon Saad 14:07 into the period.

But, in the final minute of the game, when Chicago pulled the goalie for an extra attacker, the Canadiens sealed their victory. Michael Bournival scored an empty-netter.

Oilers-Blackhawks

Even when victorious, as they were in their 5-0 shutout victory against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday, the Hawks were 0-3 on the Power Play.

Goaltender Scott Darling tallied the shutout, with 19 saves. The Oilers’ Richard Bachman made 22 saves in their loss.

Bryan Bickell (Nick Leddy, Kris Versteeg) scored first at 14:06 in the first period.

Prospect Garrett Ross (Duncan Keith) tallied the second goal at 18:36 in the second.

Less than a minute later, Finnish prospect Teuvo Teravainen (Adam Clendening) gave the Blackhawks a three-goal lead.

In the third period, Shaw (David Rundblad) and Versteeg (Bickell) tallied the final two goals.

Blackhawks-Rangers

In the Blackhawks 4-1 loss against the Rangers last Friday, Chicago was 0 for 3 with the Power Play man-advantage yet again.

They led the game in shots 31-29, but were not a match against Henrik Lundqvist and Cedrick Desjardins in net or the boys in white and blue on the ice.

Red Wings-Blackhawks

The Blackhawks’ Power Play was 0 for 4 in their 3-2 loss to the Red Wings last Thursday.

Detroit took Chicago in shots on goal as well–41-28.

Tomas Tatar (Jonathan Ericsson, Riley Sheahan) tallied for Detroit in the first.

The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead thanks to a backhander from Tomas Noseck (Justin Abdelkader, Andrej Nestrasil.)

Chicago answered six minutes later with a wrister from Bickell (Viktor Svedberg, Jeremy Morin.)

Nestrasil (Noseck, Abdelkader) scored 11:52 into the period for a 3-1 lead and the Blackhawks were only able to get one more goal Ross (Leddy, Peter Regin) before the clock ran out.

Blackhawks-Red Wings

The Blackhawks won an exciting preseason opener with an overtime goal from Toews. Their Power Play was 0 for 4 in this meeting as well.

 

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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