Sixth time in the playoffs the Sharks took at least 45 shots in a game and second time in this series, as San Jose outshot the Blackhawks 46-38; the Sharks have outshot Chicago in each of the three games in this series.
12:24 Blackhawks win it and it Byfuglien with the game winner 3-2 Chicago in overtime. Campbell just kept the puck in at the right point and on a cycle, Bolland from behind the net found an open Byfuglien walking down the slot and fired the puck top shelf from between the circles passed Nabokov; nothing Nabby could do as a tired group of Sharks lost Byfuglien. CHI GOAL: Byfuglien (7) A: Bolland (5), Campbell (3) at 12:24
11:21 Pavelski with a strong drive in toward the net from the left corner, but the Sharks could not jam in a loose puck.
10:29 Flury of chances turned aside by Niemi; a tremendous shift for the Sharks that started off a face-off win in their own zone. Couture, Murray and Blake with chances.
10:05 Fantastic save by Nabokov, robbing Kane driving to the net along the goalline from the right corner.
9:00 Huskins shot it off the mask of Niemi from the high slot off a drop pass from Pavelski as the Sharks had a four-on-three.
6:45 Another strong stop from Nabby, denied Eager on a wrist shot coming down the slot off a feed from Sharp.
6:03 Nabokov with a brilliant glove save through traffic on a Versteeg shot from the top of the left circle.
4:00 Marleau with a steal in the Chicago zone and just missed wide of the net from the left circle; Niemi just got a piece with the glove.
3:15 Huge hit by Thornton on Ladd in the neutral zone and right in front of the Chicago bench.
0:50 Terrific forecheck from Thornton as he takes the puck from Seabrook and feeds Blake at the high slot for a blast that just goes wide.
0:00 Thornton, Setoguchi and Couture will start up front in overtime with Boyle and Murray on the blueline; the Hawks counter with the Bolland line. Keep in mind we have long changes during this overtime period, just like the second period.
20:00 We are headed to overtime for the first time in this series. The Sharks are 3-1 in overtime games during the 2010 playoffs, while it's just the second overtime game for the Blackhawks who beat Nashville in Game 5 of their opening round series in the only extra time in these playoffs. The Sharks outshot the Blackhawks 18-6 in the third period and are ahead 41-27 for the night. Much better job in the face-off circle for the Sharks in the third, as Chicago won 70% of the draws through two periods, the Sharks have chipped the totoal down to 59% for the Blackhawks on the night.
19:50 Marleau denied on a shot from the top of the left circle; it's almost like he has the puck on a string, it just keeps finding him.
19:30 Kane fired a wrist shot just wide from the slot aiming for high glove-side.
15:33 Sharks tie it and it was McLellan putting Marleau, Thornton and Heatley back together to get it done. After the partisan Blackhawks crowd took issue with an icing call against the home team, the Sharks took advantage of a gassed Toews line to win the draw and get the equalizer. Thornton won the draw, the puck went back to Boyle, Boyle pulled the puck toward the high slot and blasted a shot on net. Niemi made the initial stop and then saved a rebound chance from Heatley, but then Marleau scooped up the loose puck at the left edge of the crease and put the puck passed Niemi (Marleau's fourth goal in the last two games). SJ GOAL: Marleau 2(7) A: Heatley (11), Boyle 2(12) at 15:33
13:05 Breakaway for Bolland and he slides it by Nabokov on the forehand giving the Blackhawks their first lead of the night. Tough break for the Sharks as Boyle's shot from the right point was blocked by Toews and the Chicago captain fed Bolland was leaking out from high in the defensive zone and skated down the center of the ice. CHI GOAL: Bolland (4) A: Toews 2(18) at 13:05
12:35 Bolland emerges from the box as the Hawks have killed off another penalty.
12:10 Niemi denies Setoguchi driving in from the left wall on a good chance for the winger.
10:35 Bolland called for another penalty as he trips Marleau in the neutral zone as the Sharks were moving up the ice. Third minor penalty against Bolland in the game.
9:45 Terrific chance for Setoguchi in front fought off by Niemi; a one-timer from between the circles off a feed from Thornton behind the net.
8:08 Byfuglien is let out of the box after a solid Chicago penalty kill.
7:48 Nifty glove save by Niemi on a slapshot from Demers through traffic.
6:08 Byfuglien is called for tripping Heatley in the neutral zone as both were chasing a loose puck toward the benches. It's the second power play for the Sharks in the third period.
4:37 Niemi with two strong saves, got the initial blast from the blueline off a rush and Boyle; then stopped the Thornton rebound opportunity.
3:57 After a turnover in the neutral zone, the Sharks get a little luck as Eager hit the post with a wrist shot from down low left.
2:22 Keith emerges from the box and the Blackhawks have killed off the penalty.
2:06 Good power play so far and two really good chances for the Sharks; Malhotra a wrister through a screen and a blast from Blake both stopped by Niemi.
0:22 Great start to the third for the Sharks and San Jose will go on the power play. After Thornton forces a turnover from Keith in the Chicago zone, Jumbo Joe drives the net and is hooked on a backhand attempt by Keith.
0:00 The same trio led by Thornton that has started the previous two periods will begin the third against the Bolland line.
20:00 Second period ends with score tied at one. The Sharks outshot the Blackhawks 13-9 in the period and are ahead 23-21 for the game. San Jose is still ahead on hits 22-19 with Clowe leading the way with four. The shocking number to this point is the face-off stat with Chicago winning 70% after San Jose had the edge in each of the first two games; Sharp has won 9 of 11, while Toews has claimed 12 of 16. Keith still leads all skaters in ice-time (18:42), while Boyle still leads all Sharks (17:39). Marleau is having an outstanding game, besides the tremendous jump he has, he has the goal, four shots, while three more attempts have just missed the net, two hits and three takeaways. Sharks have outscored their opponents 15-7 in the third period during the playoffs, while the Hawks have scored a third period goal in ten straight games.
19:10 Boyle with a terrific clear on a rebound Nabokov could not find from a Versteeg shot from the high slot.
18:00 Outstanding defensive sequence by Vlasic on Kane. Kane sped around the San Jose zone with the puck for about ten seconds looking for an angle to pass or shoot, but Vlasic never gave him one and was stride for stride with Kane; eventually Vlasic knocked the puck away from Kane and the Sharks cleared the zone.
15:42 Chicago has iced the puck four times in the last few minutes to try and slow down the San Jose pressure.
13:14 Outstanding shift by the Pavelski, Clowe, Setoguchi line that generated two good chances and had a cycle in the Chicago zone for about :30.
11:00 Huge cover-up from Nabby as the Hawks had an empty net after the netminder's initial stop against the top Chicago line. Nabokov was aided by a sliding Blake who had his back, literally.
10:50 San Jose needs to do a better job on face-offs as the Blackhawks have won 16 of the 25 draws. The Sharks were the best face-off team in the regular season.
10:39 Nabokov has come up huge in the last thirty seconds. First, denied Versteeg on a turnaround wrister from down low left, just cut off the net from the Chicago winger. About :15 later, held on to a Ladd shot from the right dot after moving from post-to-post.
6:59 The Blackhawks use the man advantage to tie the game at one. Terrific pass by Toews, from along the goalline toward the right corner slid a pass to the left edge of the crease for a tap in for Sharp. Toews has registered at least one point in 12 straight playoff games. CHI PP GOAL: Sharp (7) A: Toews (17), Kane (12) at 6:59
5:53 Couture is called for slashing in a big scrum behind Niemi after a stoppage; it gives the Blackhawks their second power play.
4:33 Hossa comes out of the penalty box and the Hawks have killed off the second minor.
3:58 With two seconds left in the five-on-three Marleau buries a rebound from the slot, top shelf glove-side with Niemi along the ice. Good puck movement with the two-man advantage as Thornton, Marleau, Heatley, Pavelski and Boyle were out the entire time. Pavelski took the shot from a tough angle down low left and it bounced out to Marleau, who was pinching in from the point on the power play, for his thrid goal of the series. The Sharks will still have :35 left on a power play as Hossa remains in the sin bin. After just one five-on-three goal the entire regular season (vs Chicago 11/25), San Jose has four of them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. SJ PP GOAL: Marleau (6) A: Pavelski (7), Boyle (11) at 3:58
2:35 Hossa is called for hookig Pavelski in the neutral zone as the Sharks will get a five-on-three. Not a smart play by the veteran Hossa.
2:00 Bolland gets called for his second minor of the game as he holds Pavelski in the Chicago zone.
1:49 Tremendous save by Niemi off a one-timer from the slot by Heatley. Outstanding chance for the Sharks as Pavelski fed outfront from behind the net.
1:35 Clowe's wrist shot from the left point off a drop pass from Malhotra is gloved by Niemi.
0:00 Bolland's line starts the second for the Hawks against Thornton, Couture and Setoguchi.
20:00 Entertaining, but scoreless first twenty minutes at the United Center. Chicago outshot the Sharks 12-10 and took seven of the 13 draws. The goaltending was outstanding, especially Nabokov who had a couple of really difficult saves to make. The Sharks outhit the Hawks 14-8 led by Clowe with three and two from Blake. Boyle led the Sharks in ice-time in the period (8:51), while Keith played more than half the period for Chicago and led all skaters (10:21). Also a solid effort against the Blackhawks top line as the Sharks held the combination of Toews, Kane and Byfuglien without a shot in the period. With the 11 forwards and seven defenseman, McLellan kept juggling the forward lines the entire period.
18:40 Another nice save from Nabokov, got down and denied a wrap-around chance from Hossa with the paddle along the ice; Hossa skated from right to left behind the net and out front, muscling with Murray.
17:13 Sharks are being physical and finishing their checks.
16:12 Sharks have good energy and are playing a smart road game. Good response after the disallowed goal, which could have been a real downer but the guys have not let it affect them. Chicago is ahead on shots 11-9.
13:45 Both teams with a couple of close calls in the last stretch, but we are still scoreless. Mitchell with an outstanding backcheck to gather a loose puck at the top of the crease with Nabokov out of position after making an inital save; Eager was tied up by Nichol in front. While Nichol driving the net knocked a tip over the top of the crossbar off a feed from Couture.
10:25 Nice rush by Marleau led to a pretty good chance for the Sharks, Patty has some really good jump tonight.
9:45 Chicago has won six of the first nine draws and the Hawks are ahead on shots 6-5.
7:35 Clowe is released from the penalty box and the Sharks have killed off the penalty. Boyle with an outstanding shotblock on a chance from the mid-slot by Sharp off an odd-man Chicago rush toward the end of the man advantage.
5:35 Clowe is called for roughing in the San Jose zone and the Blackhawks will go on their first power play.
3:51 Bolland is set free and the Blackhawks have killed off the penalty.
1:51 Sharks take advantage of the power play and strike first, but the goal is being reviewed. Marleau drove in and fired a shot from down low right. Pavelski, battling Keith in the crease, jammed the puck in but there was some question if the puck hit his stick or not after it hit his left skate. It was ruled a goal on the ice, but after review it was waved off by Bill McCreary. Reviews wer inconclusive as one appeared to show it hit Pavelski's stick after the skate, while another showed it never hit the stick.
1:16 Big stop by Nabkov on Bolland driving in from the right boards with the pads, then Bolland interferes with Nabokov giving the Sharks a power play.
0:00 Todd McLellan will start a line of Thornton, Couture and Setoguchi with Blake and Vlasic on the blueline; while Joel Quenneville will counter with the Bolland line with Seabrook and Keith on defense. After showing the same lines in the pre-game skate, McLellan jumbles the lines for the start of the game, let's see if he sticks with the new combinations. By the way, celebrity sighting on the glass as Kevin James and Vince Vaughn are both rinkside and decked out in red Blackhawk sweaters.
San Jose: Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Dany Heatley Ryane Clowe-Joe Pavelski-Devin Setoguchi Manny Malhotra-Logan Couture-Torrey Mitchell Jamie McGinn-Scott Nichol