Blackhawks focused on face-off improvement for Game 4

Blackhawks focused on face-off improvement for Game 4
June 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON -- The Chicago Blackhawks realize that they need to improve their power play if they want to give themselves their best chance a chance to even up the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday night at the TD Garden.

But as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explained on Tuesday, his team's power-play success goes deeper than just clean entires into the Boston zone.

It starts at the face-off dot.

"I think the two areas last night where we weren't effective was our power play and the face-off circle," Quenneville said.

"Losing the draw initially," he later added, "I think that's the area where we have to get better."

The Bruins won 40 of the 56 draws in their Game 3 win, which included winning six of seven draws while on the penalty kill.

Quenneville doesn't yet have an answer to players like Patrice Bergeron inside the face-off dot, who finished Game 3 winning 24 of his 28 face-offs. But the Blackhawks coach said Tuesday that they've been "digesting and dissecting" Boston's centermen on tape.

"[Bergeron]'s one of the top [face-off] guys in the league," Quenneville said. "Give him credit for having that night he had last night. But I think we're looking at ways that we can at least get it closer to a 50-50 chance for us on most draws."