Three Stars 1. Toews (Goal, Assist) 2. Marleau (2 Goals) 3. Keith (2 Assists, 30:21 ice time)
20:00 It's over and Chicago has taken both games here at HP Pavilion. San Jose outshot the Blackhawks 7-4 in the third period and 27-22 for the night. The Sharks will look to bounce back in the Windy City where the Blackhawks have split their six Stanley Cup Playoff home games.
19:42 Some hostility as all skaters come together at the Chicago blueline and punches were thrown. Initially it was Clowe taking on all five Blackhawks, but quickly Thornton and Heatley rushed in to his aide, not that he needed any help. Ladd and Seabrook each received two minutes for roughing out of the gathering, while Clowe and Heatley were both handed roughing minors and additionally Clowe walked away with a misconduct.
18:45 Hossa driving in on an empty net puts a backhand off the post while being pressured by Wallin.
18:30 Nabokov has been pulled for an extra attacker despite the Sharks being down a man.
17:54 Blake is called for holding Madden in the San Jose zone as the Blackhawks were on the attack.
15:32 With a delayed penalty against Chicago, the Sharks put one in the net to make it 4-2 Blackhawks. Heatley carried the puck in right side, fired a puck toward the net. Boyle grabbed the rebound down low right and shot it quickly. Niemi made another save, but left the net open and Marleau put in a rebound from right in front. SJ PP GOAL: Marleau 2(5) A: Heatley (10), Boyle 2(10) at 15:32
10:14 Thornton comes out of the box and the Sharks have killed off the penalty.
8:14 On a draw to the right of Niemi in the Chicago zone, Thornton is called for slashing Bolland giving the Blackhawks a power play.
6:18 A giveaway in the San Jose zone ends up in the back of the net as the Hawks make it 4-1. Hossa took the puck from Wallin behind the San Jose net and fed Hjalmarsson at the left point for a one-time blast that was tipped by Brouwer passed Nabokov. Brouwer was at the left edge of the crease and appeared to interfere with Nabokov. CHI GOAL: Brouwer (2) A: Hjalmarsson (3), Hossa (9) at 6:18
2:00 Huskins buried a shot into the left skate of Sharp and the Hawks forward skated gingerly off the ice. Really looked like that stung him pretty good.
0:40 Lucky bounce for the Blackhawks as a Blake shot from the right point deflected off Keith and caught the stick of Niemi around the handle and the puck just went wide.
0:00 Couture's line will start the third with Blake and Vlasic against Bolland's line.
20:00 The teams head to their respective rooms with Chicago leading 3-1. San Jose finished the period strong and put a lot of pressure on the Blackhawks defense and Niemi. Each team took nine shots in the second period and the Sharks have a 20-18 edge for the game. San Jose has won 53% of the draws and is outhitting the Blackhawks 25-22. Keith continues to lead all skaters in ice time and has played nearly half the game thus far (19:52), while Boyle leads the Sharks (17:10). The Sharks keep skating the way they are, it should make for an exciting third period.
17:45 Boyle just made Byfuglien look silly carrying the puck up the ice; deked right around him and Byfuglien blew a tire on the play.
17:03 Sharks have opened it up a bit and are putting pressure on the Hawks. A goal before the end of the second would be absolutely enormous.
11:08 Sharks get on the board and the power play comes through; the man advantage looked really crisp, opening up the ice and they cash in. Terrific play by Thornton, keeping the puck in at the high slot and slid a pass to Marleau at the right dot. Marleau caught the puck and rocketed a wrist shot upstairs and passed Niemi. SJ PP GOAL: Marleau (4) A: Thornton (9), Boyle (9) at 11:08
10:06 Sharks earn their first power play as Bolland is called for holding Heatley deep in the Chicago zone as the Sharks top line was cycling the puck.
8:29 The Blackhawks make the Sharks pay for the penalty and get their second goal in a span of :90 to make it 3-0. Keith rips a shot from the right point that is redirected at the right edge of the crease by Toews passed Nabokov. CHI PP GOAL: Toews (7) A: Keith 2(8), Kane 2(11) at 8:29
7:36 A big scrum in front of the net, Murray is called for roughing Burish and gives Chicago their second power play.
6:59 After a cycle from the Toews line, Chicago makes it 2-0. Kane speeding around the San Jose zone throws a puck along the ice toward the net that gets redirected by Byfuglien at the top of the crease and through the five-hole of Nabokov; Nabby never saw the puck. CHI GOAL: Byfuglien (6) A: Kane (10), Toews (16) at 6:59
4:00 Play has been end to end thus far in the period with a handful of shots.
0:00 Couture's line begins the second against the Toews line.
20:00 First period ends with Chicago on top 1-0. Despite the scoreboard, the Sharks have to be encouraged by their play in the first. The Sharks outshot the Hawks 11-9, were the more physical team (outhit Chicago 13-10) and won ten of the 18 face-offs. Keith led all skaters in ice-time (9:40), while Murray led the Sharks (7:42).
19:20 Nice shift from the fourth line and an aggressive forecheck by McGinn leads to a good chance on a one-timer from Nichol at the right dot.
18:09 Chicago has taken the last six shots and have picked up their play.
15:13 Wallin exits the penalty box and the Sharks with a strong penalty kill to keep the Hawks off the board.
13:13 Sharks are called for their first penalty of the series as Wallin is whistled for hooking Eager deep in the San Jose zone as the Blackhawks were cycling the puck down low.
12:48 Chicago gets on the board first despite the Sharks controlling play to this point. The Blackhawks picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and Ladd carried the puck in left side. Ladd fired a wrist shot, using Wallin as a screen and beat Nabokov high glove side tucking the puck just inside the far post. CHI GOAL: Ladd (2) A: Keith (7), Versteeg (4) at 12:48
10:19 Another strong shift from the Thornton line, cycling the puck in the Chicago zone for about :45. Two oustanding plays from Heatley and Murray during the shift helping keep the Blackhawks on their heels. Shots are 7-3 Sharks.
7:17 Sharks are keeping the pressure on as the Thornton line with excellent work down low results in two shots.
6:18 Best chance of the game for San Jose to this point engineered by the Pavelski line, strong pressure on Niemi who had to make a save leaning down on a shot from Clowe from low in the left circle and a rebound chance from Setoguchi is kicked out by the left pad of Niemi. Sharks have taken three of the game's four shots to this point.
5:00 Teams are in the feeling out process and are a little conservative to start Game Two.
1:20 Big early save from Nabokov, stopping a two-on-one as Toews and Byfuglien drove in against Vlasic, but Nabby stoned the backhand from Toews.
0:00 Teams are going with the exact same line-ups from Game One, which means Todd McLellan is dressing seven defenseman for the third straight game. Chicago will start the Bolland line with Hjalmarsson and Seabrook on defense; Joel Quenneville starting the same five skaters and splitting defense pairs for the game's first shift. The Sharks will counter with the Couture line with Blake and Vlasic on the blueline, just like Game One.