Thoughts from a Blackhawks Victory

May 17th, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
Yesterday's Game 1 victory, fair-weathered and die-hard fans a great first game, and a lot of high hopes for a high-powered series with handfuls of intense moments.

A lot had been shown in just that one game, and should give hints as to what to expect in the next few games.

The biggest story is arguably Antti Niemi's performance. His 44 saves were a playoff career high, and at times he kept the Chicago Blackhawks in the game. Any sort of resemblance in play in Game 2 can spell disaster for San Jose.

Sharks' goalie Evegeni Nabokov did not play horribly, but it can be said the two goals against were stoppable. I expect to see Nabokov play much better before he plays worse again.

The San Jose Sharks came out firing on all cylinders, and appeared at times to show rust. For the most part, it seems like coach Todd McClellan got his guys into gear despite 10 days off.

The scheduling for this series could be costly for both teams. With over a full day off before Game 2, and more than two days off before Game 3 Friday, rest could be the enemy. The typical one day off usually keeps players ready for action and still affords enough r ...

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