Despite the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks had the early advantage over the San Jose Sharks in the first period with the team out-shooting the Sharks 7-1 at one point, it was the Sharks that scored the first goal of the night in the opening period.
The goal came after the Sharks had extended time in the Blackhawks zone and Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was unable to prevent a Jason Demers shot from hitting the back of the net. The result of the Sharks goal in the first period likely was due to San Jose’s ability to switch out players. The Sharks were constantly switching players in and out during the first period and that led to the team taking advantage of what may have been a tired Blackhawks line.
With the exception of goal by the Sharks, the Blackhawks had the advantage in the first period.
In the period, the Blackhawks had a 11-9 shooting advantage to go along with an advantage on faceoffs. Where the Hawks need to improve is protecting the puck. The Hawks gave away the puck six times in the first period against only three giveaways by the Sharks.
The score may not suggest it, but the Blackhawks are outplaying the Sharks to this point. The Hawks need to continue their offensive attack and avoid frustration. If the Hawks are able to keep up the pressure on the Sharks, the team should be able to erase their early deficit.
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