Man, that was fun. I thought after the first period that this had the making of a frustrating game. The Hawks had for a large part of the first skated circles around the Sharks, but were down 2-1 after the first 20 minutes, aided in part by a bad call that gave the Sharks a 5 on 3 power play on which they scored their first goal. And with a surging Antti Niemi between the pipes, I thought for sure we’d spend the rest of the night cursing him as he turned aside chance after chance.
Man, that was NOT what the Blackhawks needed. The team definitely came out with more life against the San Jose Sharks. For those who want to label them soft, the Hawks were credited with nearly twice as many hits as the Sharks (42/23). There was plenty of jam or muscle or whatever the fuck you want to call it. The problem was, the Hawks took a shitload of penalties, and the penalty kill is just no damn good this year.
Two things you can always depend on at the Shark Tank: games will start late, and Brian Campbell will be booed by idiots. I will say this was a fun game to watch. While it was low scoring, both teams came out aggressive in the first period, and tried to set the tone physically. There was lots of hitting, very few penalties (called) and very good up and down action. In the end, the Hawks simply couldn’t get that second goal and that limited them to 1 point on the night.