San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago Captain Leads Team to Sweep

May 24th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The youngest captain in the league, Jonathan Toews, showed the San Jose Sharks leadership their team lacked by performing at his best in virtually every game this postseason. He has scored a point in 13 straight games after getting an assist Sunday afternoon.

It did not have to be like this. The Sharks out-performed the Blackhawks in most statistics, but were out-scored 13-7.

There is a pattern of the Sharks being out-played in net, but only a simpleton blames Evgeni Nabokov. They never had more than two goals in a game against Chicago, something that happened in nine of their 15 playoff games in which they scored an average of just 2.73 goals.

The fact that they won two of those nine games and won every time they scored three or more says everything that needs to be said about what this team lacked. Why they cannot score is another matter .

It looked like they were going to overcome that problem early in Game Four. Just past the mid-point of the first period, Douglas Murray kept the puck in, and Devin Setoguchi fired it toward the net. It bounced off Duncan Keith to Logan Couture, who put a quick shot past Niemi.

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