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Sharks come unglued with 4-2 loss to Blackhawks

May 19, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

San Jose Sharks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 4

Blackhawks
lead series 2-0

How do you judge this series so far?

Is
this the San Jose Sharks choking? This is two straight losses at home,
with a clear path to the Stanley Cup finals after reaching the
previously-hallowed ground of the conference finals.

Or is this
just a measure for just how good are the Chicago Blackhawks? The
Vancouver Canucks were stacked, and so are the Sharks, yet the
Blackhawks have handled both teams fairly well.

After two games,
and two big wins, the Chicago Blackhawks now have a commanding 2-0 lead
as they head back to Chicago.

The Sharks started off the game
with a bit of a rush, working hard to recover from a painful Game 1 loss
and yet again, they found themselves losing after mostly outplaying the
Hawks to that point. Unlike Game 1 however, in which the Sharks
continued to battle for most of the game, this time an early goal seemed
to take the life out of the team.

The Blackhawks jumped all over
the Sharks from that point, scoring twice more in the second period and
then once again in the third. The Sharks would try to make things
interesting, cutting the lead to two with over four minutes remaining,
yet never really attempted a truly all-out attack in the waning moments
to try and tie the game.

Joe Thornton, despite a nifty pass on the
Sharks’ first goal of the game, continues another disappearing act in
big games. The top line of Thornton, Marleau and Dany Heatley is now a
combined minus-18 for the playoffs, as all three made several poor
decisions with the puck tonight to negate prime scoring chances.

Most
frustrating of all was the completely unnecessary slashing penalty
Thornton took just minutes after his team allowed a fourth goal.

Like
the Canucks before them, the Sharks are finding their emotions getting
the best of them and all at the wrong time. The Sharks looked lifeless
and a bit bored after the Hawks scored the first goal, and only really
showed true emotion when confronting Dave Bolland out on the ice.

Showing
emotion and responding offensively after going down 1-0 early in the
game? Nope.

Showing emotion with inspired offensive attacks as
they worked to get Antti Niemi off his game? Nope.

Showing emotion
by not taking dumb penalties right as your team hopes to build a
comeback? Nope.

No, the Sharks decided to come alive and show some
actual emotion in the final seconds with — you guessed it — going
after Dave Bolland. Prime example of a frustrated team falling deeper
into the trap.

Unfortunatley, if the Sharks don’t pull this
together, we’re in for what is looking to be two quick conference
finals.

  1. aunt baby - May 19, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    The Sharks are WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! They choke in big situations. They had a young Avalanche team, and an old Detroit in the first two rounds, both of whom not playing their best hockey at the time. The Hawks are hitting their stride in the most important time of the year, and they simply want it more. Sharks can’t keep up, and it’s showing. Just hope they close it out Sunday.

  2. Kuya - May 19, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    I wouldn’t count the Sharks out yet… just remember what happened to Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh this year in the playoffs. Nothing is ever what it seems in the NHL.

  3. bubba - May 19, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    The Hawks were just as physical as the Sharks and were faster at both ends. The Sharks have no answers for the Hawk attack and have played sloppily on offense, giving up the puck over and over again as the Hawks aggressively swiped at anything that got near them. The Hawks are great at penalty killing while shorthanded and are playing so disciplined that they have avoided getting penalties at bad times the way the Sharks have done. This series is over. It may go to five and the Hawks may win in San Jose, (big surprise) but there is NO WAY that the deflated and flacid Sharks are going to recover mentally from the whupping they have received. And for the record, the red Indianhead sweater is the best jersey in all of sports.

  4. Rooster - May 19, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Looks like the San Jose Sharks are not benefitting from the officials the way they had in the Detroit Series…The only reason they got by Detroit was the Power Play and they had way too many of them questionable to say the least against Detroit. Proven they could not play 5 on 5 so this series against the Blackhawks is pretty interesting.

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