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Sharks vs. Blackhawks: San Jose dominates 1st period

May 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

San Jose Sharks 1, Chicago Blackhawks 0

Series tied 0-0

The Chicago Blackhawks should thank their butts for Antti Niemi this afternoon, as their goaltender was the reason they went into the first period down by just a goal. The Sharks unleashed 13 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, spread across three power plays and controlled the flow of the game for most of the first period.

Jason Demers was the difference maker, scoring a seeing-eye goal with a toe drag wrist shot that might have deflected off Duncan Keith and over Niemi’s shoulder.

Already, we’re seeing some of the themes that will emerge in this series as the vaunted Chicago defense will struggle to matchup with the San Jose forwards on the road. Todd McLellan will look to exploit those with his last change, and it’s been tough for the Blackhawks to adjust while spending so much time on the power play.

  1. Bob - May 16, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Will someone in management of NBC tell Mike Millbury that there are two conferences in the NHL. All he talks about is his eastern bias, big deal, there is more to the world beyond the Hudson river. Between Mike,Pierre and “stop it here” Eddie, the play by play of an NHL game is really ruined.

  2. indianhead - May 16, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Is it me or does Milbury hate Chicago?

  3. indianhead - May 16, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Thank you, thank you for noticing the same thing. Millbury doesn’t just hate Chicago (although, I know he does) he hates the Western Conference…Go Hawks!

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