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by Paul on 03/09/12 at 11:43 AM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In the last stretch of Blues’ games, a few of the NHL’s top players have failed to muster a shot on goal. Chicago’s Marian Hossa, San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin came up empty, while twin brother Daniel Sedin of the Canucks directed one puck toward the net.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock believes the reason is his team’s penalty-killing unit, which is guided by assistant coach Brad Shaw. The PK went into Thursday’s game against Anaheim with a streak of 32 straight kills over the past 11-plus games.
“The penalty killing has discouraged a lot of teams lately,” Hitchcock said. “I think it’s taken out the top players and discouraged them. When you kill penalties and you take out the top players, and they don’t get a bite on the game, they get discouraged and then I think the team loses energy.”
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