While going shorthanded will inevitably accelerate hockey’s physical toll on a group of active skaters, an assertive penalty kill can spark an equally vital boost of energy by way of heightened confidence.
Besides warding off the power-play strikers in the scoring department, an exceptional performance on the PK features any combination of clears, blocked shots, hits and shorthanded rushes.
With the NHL hovering around the first-quarter mark of its 2012-13 campaign, here is a look at some of the finest foursomes in special teams so far. All of them are comprised of individuals who have been more effective with one another than with other teammates and have boosted their teams to a success rate in the top echelon of the penalty-killing leaderboard.
These evaluations are based on performances through games of Monday, Feb. 11. Unless otherwise noted, all stats, figures and other information were found via NHL.com and that website’s official play-by-play game sheets.