Sharks-Blackhawks: Broom Sales Up in Chicago

May 22nd, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks were supposed to be every bit the team the Chicago Blackhawks were. They came into the series as the top seed remaining, and with the best post-season record.

It has not looked that way thus far. Not that I am surprised: I picked Chicago to beat the Sharks in this series, and before the trade deadline I suggested a trade because I asserted that San Jose would not be able to beat them.

But never would I have thought the team would be swept, and that is exactly what will happen if the Sharks do not make the changes necessary to win a game.

One area of deficiency the Sharks did clear up was giveaways. In the previous two games, the Sharks had 40 to just 22 takeaways; this time they had just six with 11 takeaways. (Chicago had nine and 15, respectively.)

All that did was stretch the game to overtime, where Dustin Byfuglien continued his duet with Patrick Marleau of "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!"

Marleau has four of the Sharks' five goals this series, and scored his second with about five minutes left to send this one into overtime, only to see Buff one-up him with a shot Evgeni Nabokov never had a ...

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