Hitch: ‘Killing Penalties Is Worth More Than Power Play Goals’

HitchThe St. Louis Blues have already clinched a playoff spot but they have not yet been put to the test of killing penalties at the right time.

Coach Ken Hitchcock told the Canadian Press, “I’ve seen a lot of (teams) who have had bad power plays do really well in the playoffs, but I’ve never seen any team play worth a damn if you can’t kill penalties.”

Having that said, there have certainly been Cup champions in the recent past, like the 2010 ‘Hawks and 2009 Penguins, that have relied on their time with the man advantage to score some big goals for them. We’re sure, if given a choice, Hitchcock would prefer a good power play to a bad one.

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