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But Hossa’s absence removed one of the few productive players on the Blackhawks sputtering power play. They were scoreless in five opportunities in the game and in their last 20 man-advantage situations in the playoffs.
Hossa has three of their 16 power-play goals in the postseason.
“Our power play tonight was definitely not good,” Quenneville said. “They box you out. They got big bodies. They blocked shots. I think we had some chances to get some pucks through the net. We didn’t. Our entries weren’t great. That’s something you want to look at.”
“It’s frustrating,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “We just need to go out and play and let our skill take over.”
They’ve had a tough time against Rask, just as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins did in the Bruins previous three series.
Rask has stopped 61 of 62 shots in the last two games and 120 of 125 in the series.
“I was surprised as anybody else,” he said, “but, to be honest with you, there weren’t any changes in our game. As I mentioned the other day when I was asked about another player, we don’t make our game plan based on an individual.
“I can definitely tell you they lost a pretty important player on their roster, but that doesn’t mean we change our game. I think it’s important we stick with what we believe in.”
They believe the key to winning in the playoffs is disciplined and persistent checking, precise passing and steady, if not spectacular, goaltending.
They Blackhawks have been stymied by all of that.
“It’s a low-chance game. It’s a low-chance series,” Quenneville said. “It’s hard to get A-plus chances. You have to manufacture the second, kind of ugly goals, tip screens, deflections.”
That’s tough to do.
Without Hossa, it’s even tougher.
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