After gaining a late power play Monday at Vancouver and pulling goaltender
He didn't succeed because his booming shots were deflected wide, but he will try, try again. After playing on the second power-play unit in that 2-1 loss, Wisniewski was moved up to the first unit with
As Fowler noted, that's not a lot of power plays: They ranked 17th in the
"It's not like we're going 0 for four, 0 for five every night," he said. "But at the same time we're generating scoring chances."
The trick is converting those chances.
"If you do get that one power play chance, you never know, you have to bear down because that could be the difference between winning and losing the game," Wisniewski said.
Corey Perry, who takes (and inflicts) punishment to tip and deflect shots around the net, said there's no secret to an effective power play.
"You've got to outwork their penalty kill and you've got to get second opportunities and get the pucks back," he said. "If you can hem a team in for a minute and a half and keep moving that puck, keep shooting the puck and get rebounds or whatever, you're going to have success."
Perry praised Wisniewski's knack for getting pucks through traffic. "That's a huge part of it," Perry said. "It doesn't have to be hard, either, just get it on net, creating havoc in front of the net."
Wisniewski played a team-high 22 minutes and five seconds Monday after averaging 21:24 in 56 games with Columbus, which traded him to the Ducks on March 2. Coach
Wisniewski said establishing a shot from the point can bring defenders out, leaving forwards room in front of the net.
"When you're just kind of passing it around you're not making anybody move," Wisniewski said. "Once you shoot, the penalty killers have to collapse because they have to protect the middle of the ice. Then they have to extend out when you retrieve the puck and that opens up seams, and then pretty plays can develop if you have a shoot-first mentality."
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