May 19, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT
San Jose Sharks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 4
lead series 2-0
How do you judge this series so far?
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.
frustrating of all was the completely unnecessary slashing penalty
Thornton took just minutes after his team allowed a fourth goal.
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.
emotion and responding offensively after going down 1-0 early in the
Showing emotion with inspired offensive attacks as
they worked to get Antti Niemi off his game? Nope.
by not taking dumb penalties right as your team hopes to build a
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
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