March 7, 2012 12:00 AM
" While you'll read a lot about energy and hits and work ethic elsewhere about the Blackhawks' loss, it boils down to the same bugaboos that's affected them since the calendar turned. An iffy goal against, horrific special teams, a failure to take what's there against a stout defensive team.
Make no mistake, the Hawks power play was the main culprit Tuesday. It had a chance to take the lead early, it had mulitiple chances to get them back in the game, and it didn't even come close.
More worrying than that pathetic display is Joel Quenneville's response after that it failed because of effort and intensity.
That's a complete non-answer.
The Hawks would only lack energy if they were consistently dumping the puck in on the power play and failing to retreive it. But that would suggest they have a plan on the power play, and they don't.
They try to carry it in when the other team is stacked up against that ploy. They dump it in with no one moving through the neutral zone "
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