San Jose Sharks Re-Buff-Ed in Game One

May 17th, 2010 by Phenom Jay Leave a reply »
In an outcome that is well known to Sharks fans by now: The San Jose Sharks dropped another Game One on home ice. And while the Sharks did not play poorly, or show excessive rust, in the end they still failed to capitalize on home ice advantage.

The Sharks came out strong in the first period, outchancing the younger, faster and in-sync Blackhawk team. With play being carried by the first and second lines, Antti Niemi stood tall against the Shark attack. The Sharks controlled the first period and Demers gave them a 1-0 lead with a great feed from Marleau, when his slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle glanced off Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and past Niemi at 11:19.

The Blackhawks came out roaring in the second period, forechecking the Sharks relentlessly and creating turnovers. Both early in the second and third was where the Blackhawks speed played well, hemming the Sharks in their own zone and creating chances off of turnovers.

Patrick Sharp capped the surge by scoring on a softie of a shot from just outside the circles and, like they have all postseason, the Sharks responded. From the Patrick Sharp goal onward, the Sharks took ...

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