Trying to capture the spirit of the thing after the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss Saturday to the Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals:
✓ Patrick Kane shoveled the puck ahead to Michal Handzus at the Kings line. The play died, then Handzus lost his skates, and then he covered the puck with his hand to give the Kings a power play. No wonder Kane’s goal-scoring dies when Joel Quenneville forces him to play with Handzus. And then Handzus did the skate of shame when Slava Voynov scored on the power play.
✓ The Corsi For metric is a measure of puck possession and being dangerous offensively. In the first period, the Handzus-Kane-Patrick Sharp line had a Corsi For percentage of 0.0, Mr. Blutarsky. The linemates finished the game at about 30 percent, meaning opposing lines dominated them by more than 2-1.
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✓ Willie Mitchell obliterated Sharp’s face with a first-period hit and subsequent ride into the glass. No call in a league supposedly concerned with head injuries. Cover your hand with the puck, however, and they call out the SWAT team.
✓ Hawks power-play zone entries: Skate it, pass it or dump it, pick one and tell everybody, got it?
✓ Jonathan Toews said the Hawks wanted “to play pissed off,’’ and then Capt. PO’d scored the first two Hawks goals. He was a power-play goal and a penalty shot away from scoring for the cycle in the first period.
✓ Wait, a power-play goal? Who am I kidding? The Hawks have one road power-play goal this postseason.
✓ Corey Crawford is 2-5 and has allowed 22 goals in seven road games this postseason.
✓ On one shift early in the second period, Brent Seabrook gave away the puck, then lost his stick to give the Kings three or four good chances. Next shift, Seabrook got outmuscled behind the net by Tanner Pearson and cost his team the tying goal. Seabrook also was on the ice for the eventual winning goal. In fact, he was on the ice for three Kings goals. And Quenneville said he needed more out of Nick Leddy?
✓ Peter Regin was out of the lineup as Andrew Shaw returned. Has Quenneville seen Brandon Bollig’s game of late?
✓ Same question re: Kris Versteeg.
✓ Regin lost 18 of 22 faceoffs in the first two games, but said it’s a “small part of the game." "“Small part?" It might be that Regin will remain a scratch until he understands what faceoffs mean to a puck-possession team.
✓ Duncan Keith said the Hawks’ penalties were a “lack of discipline,’’ which is a charitable way to say Michal Rozsival was an idiot for high-sticking Kyle Clifford when his team was down a goal midway through the third period. Winning goal to follow.
✓ Slash: Jimi Hendrix with a learner's permit. But still, a perfect name for an anthem singer at a hockey game. For Game 4, I expect the Kings to bring out Pharrell Too Many Men On The Ice.Twitter @steverosenbloom