They pushed it to nine against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion, although Sunday's series-opener marked the first time they didn't get at least a single chance on their own power play.
"It wasn't a problem for them," said a smiling John Madden of the Blackhawks. "It's out of our hands. We have to worry about what we can control. For the most part we can't control that. Maybe it will go the other way next game."
The Sharks had five chances on the power play -- defenseman Jason Demers scored his team's lone goal on the man advantage -- but the Blackhawks came back for a 2-1 victory in Game 1.
"We were doing some of the stuff that we are good at, [like] battling down low and handling the puck in a way they had to take some penalties on us," Sharks forward Patrick Marleau said. "But we have to finish that off and try to make them pay."
The Sharks had 14 shots on the power play, none more dangerous than one off the stick of Ryane Clowe with five minutes left in the second period. Clowe had moved to the left of Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi and sent a loose puck to what appeared to be a wide-open net.
Niemi scrambled and reached his glove hand back to smother the volley, one of his game-high 44 saves on the afternoon.
"After a fast or a quick shot, [you] think afterward, 'Where did he get the puck?,' " Niemi said. "I just saw him standing pretty much at the back post with an empty net and I just wanted to get my hand in the way."
Niemi, in the midst of his first NHL postseason, again proved to be the Blackhawks' best penalty killer.
"That was huge for us," Blackhawks center and captain Jonathan Toews said. "We needed that performance from him. We had a lot of shots, too. As far as quality scoring chances [they] had some big power players where they were able to work the puck around. We need him to step up on those kills for us and he did, especially in the last minute."
You can't say a team gets a lot of breaks when the penalties are 5-0 in a game, but the wrong Chicago player appeared to be whistled for that final penalty with 56 seconds left in regulation. It looked like center Dave Bolland, one of Chicago's best penalty killers, may have been the one who tripped Sharks winger Devin Setoguchi.
Instead, Kris Versteeg went to the box
Bolland stayed on the ice for the ensuing face-off and helped kill the final seconds of regulation as the Sharks pulled goalie Evgeni Nabokov for an extra attacker.
"You could talk about that," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You could talk about 5-0 against us [on the] power play. It's one of those situations where it was ... three guys' sticks in the same play. I don't know at the end of the day. We still have Toews and [Marian] Hossa, pretty good penalty killers right there."
Asked if he thought any of the five penalties were justified, Quenneville was diplomatic.
"I'm not complaining," he smirked.
"We took some penalties, mine in particular was a bad one," said Seabrook, whose second-period holding call set up Clowe's scoring chance. "We have to be smarter than that, but our PK did a great job and we really shut the door tonight and that was big."