The top seeded Sharks are down 2-0 in the series and are looking for a win away from home to prevent digging themselves a giant hole to climb out of. On the other end, the Blackhawks would love to continue the hot streak and take the series at home. One of these teams succeeded. Find out after the jump.
San Jose 2 @ Chicago 3 (OT) – Could the San Jose Sharks pull off what the Flyers in the last round of the playoffs? At this rate, it’s highly unlikely. Compared to the previous two games of the series, at least this was a bit of a tighter battle as the game went into OT to determine the winner. Dustin Byfuglien continued his impressive performance in the playoffs with his game winning goal 12:24 into the extra frame. The Joes of San Jose were fairly quiet once again. Joe Pavelski did manage to pick up one assist in this game, but his performance has dropped off dramatically since the start of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Sharks lone contributor in goals for the second straight game is Patrick Marleau. However his two goal effort was not enough to snatch a win for his team. Antti Niemi continues to outshine Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov with a 44 save performance. Next game is still in Chicago as the Blackhawks would love to seal the deal on home ice. It was only a matter of time the Sharks crashed and burned. Seems like they’re finally living up to the expectations.
Chicago leads the series 3-0
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Dustin Byfuglien (Chicago) – 1 goal
2. Patrick Marleau (San Jose) – 2 goals
3. Jonathan Toews (Chicago) – 2 assists
Philadelphia at Montreal – PHI leads 2-1 (TV: CBC, NBC)