The Chicago Blackhawks got off to a hot start thanks to their team captain Johnathan Toews, but their power play woes did them in again. The Blackhawks went 0-4 on the power play in game three thanks in large part to Patrick Kane being nearly invisible all night.
The best finisher in the NHL could not find any creases, and he looked bothered by the size and physicality of the Los Angeles Kings. Kane is part of the best one two punch in hockey, but he did not show up in the most pivotal game of the series so far.
Toews reminded everyone why he is the captain of the Blackhawks as he set the tone early, but his running mate was nowhere to be found. It didn’t help much that Corey Crawford followed up a six goal embarrassment by giving up another four goals tonight.
The Blackhawks have been one of the worst teams on the power play all postseason, and it cost them game three. The Kings second line, led by Jeff Carter, skated circles around Kane, Michael Handzus and Patrick Sharpe.
Crawford, like most goalies, is at his best when he is playing with confidence, and he clearly doesn’t have much heading into game four. Crawford has been one of the best goalies in the playoffs at home, but on the road he has turned in some stinkers.
If Chicago is going to have any chance at winning game four and regaining home ice advantage, Crawford is going to have to remember how to keep the puck out of the back of the net. They also need the best scorer on the team to actually play like it.