Quenneville, Seabrook, Bickell talk Blackhawks - LA Kings Insider

Joel Quenneville, on Chicago’s struggles:
They made a couple nice shots. Their shots are going through. The second power play goal is a play, goes through a couple lanes. The first one was kind of comparable to the one we saw the other game where coming down the gut, we’ve got to go to that guy. I think that was the tough part about it, because we just saw that one and they came back with another one. I think that was a defendable play. They got some looks here. We got to recognize the chance when there’s a chance to be aggressive, make it a little bit more disruptive for them when there’s a chance to pressure.

Quenneville, on whether Los Angeles’ power play is providing any different looks:
Maybe a little bit more patience when they’re shooting the puck. They’re getting them through. I mean, we had some better blocks, maybe some better coverage going out to the points, they’re getting in a little tighter, and that’s why they’re getting better looks. I think we had great stretches all year with the PK having success. Sometimes they’re going to go in against you. But I think doing the right things can get us back on track.

Quenneville, on whether Chicago’s confidence “is where it needs to be”:
I think we’re looking at tomorrow. Excited about it. It’s one of those games where we haven’t been in this position often. We know what it was like last year. We’re looking to win Game 5, that’s it. Get the momentum back, go from there.

Quenneville, on whether he’d like to see more controlled zone entries:
Their gap is pretty tight. That’s going to lead to defending their whole shifts if we look for that type of entry. I think we have to recognize when we have a chip. I think when we look for direct plays, all five guys, going through all five guys standing still, not a lot of speed. I think we got to find that recognition. I think we’ve had enough zone time off of getting it in deep.

Quenneville, on Los Angeles’ play in its own zone:
They blocked a lot of shots. They blocked a lot of shots, be it off the rush or on the power play. They’ve got some shot-blockers. We’ve had some decent looks. All of a sudden it gets a stick or a block. Our power play hasn’t been great the last couple of games. I think that we’ve been pretty consistent with it all year. Just getting back and being confident, when you do have those looks, look to blast away. Especially from the middle, we’ve had some good looks early in the series, it led to quality. In the last couple games, quality really hasn’t been there.

Quenneville, on facing a 3-1 series deficit:
You look at Game 2, was a tough game to lose, obviously got them to go ahead of us now 3-1. We’ve definitely got a dangerous team. They’ve got a real good club over there. They’ve had some interesting stretches in these playoffs this year, not even looking at the last couple years. We know what they’re capable of.They’re a good team in a lot of ways. We feel we played two good periods in the last three games. One period got away from us. We let in some uncharacteristic types of goals that we haven’t seen all year, or in the playoffs for sure, that we think are preventable. We shore that up, we keep ourselves in the game, find a way.

Quenneville, on fixing mistakes:
Well, we always talk about situations. I think you look at each individual goal, there’s a different thing that could lead to it. You could say whether it was the four-on-four leading into their power play goal. Could’ve been on the power play. We take a penalty there where it’s almost unavoidable. But it was a penalty. It’s one of those situations where you got to deal with it, get through a kill. You’re looking at every play. We get the puck, center net, 2-0, take a penalty, it’s 3-0. I thought our starts in the last three games were really, really good. Yesterday wasn’t so. I think every type of goal that you could look at in the last three games, you know, were generally around two a game. We’ve given up way too many and rather easily.

Quenneville on Brent Seabrook saying he wanted a more “responsible” defense:
I think the puck is going through us, we’re not recognizing the coverage around the net. They’ve got guys that make blind plays. They have great shooters as well. We have to make sure we’re defending around our net better than they are at their net.

Quenneville, on Corey Crawford’s play:
He’s been all right. We’re going to need him to be really good. We’ll need that tomorrow night.

Quenneville, on how he’ll prepare the team for Game 5:
We always talk about different things going into games, whether it’s the mental aspect of the games, the challenges, a tweak or two technically, line combinations. There’s always different things that can get their attention. But you’re down 3-1, at home, you’ve got nothing to lose. We want to make sure we’re playing a game, let’s play all out, have fun in our own building, recapture the momentum. That’s what we’re talking about.

Quenneville, on Michal Handzus’ performance:
I don’t mind Handzus against this team at all. He’s a strong player. Strong on the pucks. Does a lot of things for us. When we got behind 3-0, we’re looking for a little bit more offense. That’s probably why his minutes were down mostly.

Brent Seabrook, on this being a “new experience” for Chicago:
I think, like you said, it’s a new experience, a new team. We’re looking forward to getting out there tomorrow night. I know the guys were being up beat on the plane this morning, at breakfast this morning. We’re looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and trying to get some momentum back and start feeling good about ourselves again.

Seabrook, on Chicago’s penalty kill:
They have a good power play. They do things well. We’ve been looking at things all series. I think there’s been a few mistakes. I think last night in the first period was non-characteristic by our team. I’ve got to be better. I was out there for both those goals. I’ve got to be better in those situations to help out Crow, help out everybody on the ice. We have to get the job done. That’s a big part of this series. We haven’t been scoring on the power play. We want to try to keep the goals-against down. Seems like they’re taking on a pretty good pace in the power play.

Seabrook, on whether the team needs to play more desperate and not as “cool”:
I don’t think we’re trying to be cool about it by any means. We don’t want to be down 3-1 in a series ever. We came back from it last year. It was great for our team once we started rolling. We’re going to be a desperate hockey team tomorrow night. We have to come out and lay everything on the line or else our season’s over. We understand that. I think going back to Detroit last year, we know it can be done. Looking at L.A. this year, they did it against San Jose. There are situations where things can be done and we just got to come out and give it our all, come out and play our game. Go out there, lay it on the line, let the chips fall where they may. At the end of the night we have a victory and flying back to L.A. and talking to you in L.A. That’s our focus right now. Like I said, I think the guys are upbeat and excited for the game tomorrow. We’re going to get some rest tonight, get some food in us, be focused for tomorrow morning, try to get this thing going again.

Seabrook, on allowing five-on-five goals:
Like I said, I’ve got to be better. Doesn’t just start with a penalty kill. It’s every facet of the game. We’ve all got to be out there doing the things that are going to make us win the game. I think some things happened last game that are uncharacteristic, but at the same time you have to give L.A. credit. They’re forcing us into different situations. We’ve got to be better and we will be better.

Seabrook, on the key to improving the power play:
Shots. We’ve got to get stuff at the net. That’s the biggest key. Haven’t had a lot of shots in the series, especially on the power play on the road. Got to come in with better possession. If we’re not being able to cross the line, we have to do different things to get possession and try to get good looks. Bicksy said it, sometimes trying to make that extra play, that pretty play, isn’t going to work against these guys or a lot of teams. We got to try to find a way to get pucks bang it in, ugly goals. We start doing that, things might start changing.

Seabrook, on whether the team is “angry” or “disappointed”:
Yeah, I think, like Bicksy said, guys are angry, pissed off. They didn’t like that game last night. I thought we played well for a period and a half, two periods. We had a tough start. You’ve got to play three full periods in the playoffs to win. We weren’t happy with our game last night. I’m sure guys had a tough time sleeping last night. We got to focus on tomorrow night, doing whatever we can to win, being a desperate hockey team out there to try to get the job done.

Bryan Bickell, on this being a “new experience” for Chicago:
We need to take it one game at a time. We have nothing to lose. It basically comes down to our special teams right now. If we get them going, we could have been in both those games. We have nothing to lose. Hopefully we get the momentum tomorrow. Hopefully we can get it done.

Bickell, on the importance of scoring first in Game 5:
Yeah, it definitely is important to spark our team, the crowd, our bench, to know that we can do this. Even if we don’t, we need to stick with it. It’s do or die. We need to take it one shift at a time, one game at a time.

Bickell, on why “dump and chase” hasn’t been working:
I think it’s our desperation. We need to be more desperate, win those board battles. Need to keep it more simple. Some plays we’re trying to make the next play where the first play would have been the play. If we keep it more simple, win those battles, we have a good chance. Again, leave everything out there tomorrow and hopefully it will pan out.

Bickell, on his Game 4 chemistry with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane:
Yeah, I think for us to get something early, I felt last game we only got one, felt like we could have got three or four. We needed to spark our team and give that energy in any shift. If the momentum is down, we have to lift up the team. We feel good. We feel confident. We’re that close. We just need to stay with the pucks, play our lights out.

Bickell, on whether the team is “angry” or “disappointed”:
I think a bunch of both. We’re disappointed we’re in this situation, down 3-1. We’re angry that we could have been easily tied in this series or up. We let some games slip away where we played good hockey for 40 minutes and then kind of gave it up in the third. We just need to focus on tomorrow and bring that 60 minutes, have a purpose every shift, do whatever it takes, do the right things.

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