Hockey isn't basketball or badminton or golf but perhaps the ultimate team sport in which everybody dressed for games typically contributes as the coach rolls four offensive lines and rotates three defensive pairs.
One man can only do so much.
"We need to be the best we possibly can be now and we've shown we can in the past,'' Toews said. "The motivation is right in front of us.''
It's screaming at the Blackhawks to respond before this becomes their trip to Lost Angeles.
"Our power play tonight didn't help us,'' Coach
It was far from the only one. Sure, the Blackhawks' power play seems unplugged, but their discipline disintegrated too. The defense deteriorated so much that you wouldn't have blamed
For the first time since 2010, the Blackhawks lost the opening road game of a playoff series. The defending
"We'll look at our lines,'' Quenneville said, promising nothing.
At least if the Hawks are worried about playing angry Monday in Game 4, they always could watch Saturday's game repeatedly. The Blackhawks arrived so determined to take the ice in a bad mood they invited the media in two hours before dropping the puck. That usually works.
"We want to play [ticked] off,'' Toews said pregame.
Nothing summed up what Toews meant by funneling anger into effort better than his first of two first-period goals. At the 5-minute 26-second mark with the Blackhawks on a penalty kill, Toews poked the puck free, hustled to catch up to it and fired a short-handed goal past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
The Kings tied it 50 seconds later when
"His work ethic is contagious and we have to make sure we all look to play as hard as he does,'' Quenneville said.
Obviously, the Blackhawks didn't. The Kings tied it in the second when Tanner Pearson fed Jeff Carter for a one-timer from point-blank range. A derisive chorus of "Craw-ford!'' rang out but fans easily could have chanted "Hand-zus!" because Handzus' defensive lapse was more responsible.
Back in control of momentum, the Kings created more with an inspired penalty kill. Tyler Toffoli sprinted to split Blackhawks defensemen Oduya and
To a man, the Blackhawks took their defeat in the dressing room with remarkable aplomb.
"It's one loss, no more frustrating than the rest,''
He's right, but this Kings team is more different and dangerous offensively than the one the Blackhawks beat in five last year.
A game that ended with many Chicago fans wanting to cover their eyes began with perhaps some in attendance covering their ears.
If only the Blackhawks could do the same with their second straight alarming loss.