Throughout the first periods of the Chicago Blackhawks game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, the Sharks were giving the Hawks fits.
The Sharks got on the board early in the first period when Jason Demers snuck a goal past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. But with the exception of that goal by Demers, Crawford made save after save while keeping the opportunity alive for the Hawks to secure a victory on Sunday.
Because of Crawford’s impressive play, the Blackhawks entered the third period of play only trailing the Sharks 1-0.
The third period would be when the Blackhawks offense came alive. The Hawks scored two early goals in the third period to give the team a 2-1 lead. On the first goal for the Hakwks, Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 1. Hjalmarsson was assisted on the goal by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Marcus Kruger assisted on the Hawks second goal of the third period; a goal that was scored by Michael Rozsival. The goal by Rozsival was his first of the season.
The Blackhawks lead in the third period was short-lived as San Jose managed to tie the game around the halfway mark in the period. Sharks right winger Brent Burns scored his 14th goal of the season in the third period to tie the game at 2.
Neither team was able to add another goal to their tally as the Hawks and Sharks entered overtime with the score tied at 2.
In overtime, neither team was able to put in the decisive goal as the game went to a shootout. In the shootout, the Sharks scored two goals to secure a 3-2 victory over the Hawks.
Throughout the game, the Blackhawks had many offensive opportunities. It was not until the third period of play that the Hawks were able to take advantage of those opportunities. Further more, it was nice to see the Hawks sustain their pressure on the Sharks in the early portions of the third period. The lack of sustained pressure in the first two periods of play severely limited what the Hawks were able to do offensively.
With the exception of the early minutes of the third period, Hawks were given fits by the Sharks. In the end, that was the difference in the Hawks loss on Sunday.