It wasn’t the most exciting game they’ve played this season, and against the San Jose Sharks tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks were handed their third straight loss.
Despite the Sharks taking 5 of the 8 penalties of the night, the Hawks failed to capitalize and fell 1-0 to Joe Thornton and company.
The Hawks’ best chance at getting a goal in the first period came at the 10 minute mark. With Dan Boyle in the box for tripping, Jonathan Toews came close to beating Antti Niemi. Though the Hawks outshot the Sharks 10-5 (Yes, you read that right: the total shots on goal in the first were only 15) the first period closed out scoreless.
It was the second period that saw all the action, but unfortunately it was not in the favor of the visiting team. Boyle’s little puck-over-glass trick sent him back to the box —his third penalty by this point in the game— but yet again the Hawks couldn’t benefit from the man advantage.
The same could not be said for the Sharks. The only goal of the game, courtesy of 23-year old Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, came seconds after Dave Bolland took a penalty for hooking.
In the final frame, the real star of the night proved to be Niemi, who managed to survive a flurry of activity around his net on a Chicago powerplay, keeping the puck out to maintain his team’s one goal lead, and eventually skated away with the shutout, his first of the season.
Though the Blackhawks have been pretty inconsistent so far this season (they have only won 10 of their 22 games to date) they are still sitting at third in the West, tied with San Jose at 27 points.
The Hawks continue on their 6-game road trip, with the next stop being Anaheim to face the struggling Ducks. In the last meeting of these two teams the Hawks narrowly escaped with the win, thanks to a game-tying goal and a shootout goal from Patrick Kane.
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Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.