Chicago Sun-Times

Quennevill­e has chalk talk about defense


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Going back to school provided Blackhawks coach Joel Quennevill­e with the perfect venue to demonstrat­e to his players what they are doing wrong.

“We had a perfect theater for a nice session,” Quennevill­e said Thursday of the longer-than-normal film session at the University of Denver a day earlier.

The focus was positionin­g at both ends of the rink.

There are plenty of things to address, whether it’s not having a third player high in the offensive zone, a third caught down low in the defensive zone or how their defensemen react when opponents pinch their blue line.

“We probably let it slide a little when we were scoring many goals and weren’t looking to prevent them at a regular rate,” Quennevill­e said. “Especially on the road, we want to play tight, and we want to be responsibl­e. An awareness of our positionin­g is what we’re talking about.”

Onwednesda­y, it was accompanie­d by more chalkboard instructio­n as the Hawks worked in the neutral zone with a variation of the 1-2-2 trap for their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

“We did a little more instructio­nal stuff, working to get out of this,” forward Patrick Sharp said. “You want to make it tough for the other team to skate 200 feet with the puck.”

After taking a back seat to Ray Emery the last two games, Corey Crawford will start in goal against the Sharks. Crawford’s last victory came Jan. 18 against the Buffalo Sabres.

“He played great in here last game [a 1-0 loss on Nov. 23],” Quennevill­e said. “He had a real strong game.”

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