The Chicago Blackhawks entered the second period of play on Sunday trailing the San Jose Sharks by 1 goal.
Despite the 1 goal advantage of the Sharks, the Blackhawks had control of the first period. That would be something that the Blackhawks would need to continue in the second period in order to get the advantage on the scoreboard.
The problem that continued for the Blackhawks in the second period is that while the team was creating many offensive opportunities, the the team was also losing out on many opportunities because of their inability to maintain possession of the puck. Despite having the offensive advantage throughout most of the first two periods of the game, the Hawks lacked sustained pressure. That was likely the result of the high amount of turnovers the team had in the first two periods of the game.
At the end of the second period, the Sharks had a 24-23 shooting advantage over the Hawks in addition to a 26-21 advantage on faceoffs. That is largely the reason why the Hawks trailed by 1 after two periods of play.
That being said, the Blackhawks enter the third period of play still in a position to win the game. Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford has single-handedly kept the team alive in this game. Crawford did allow the soft goal to Jason Demers in the first period but the Hawks netminder couldn’t have been any better in the second period of play. Crawford made a series of saves late in the second period that thwarted the Sharks attempts to extend their lead.
In the third period, the Hawks need to regain the offensive momentum. The Sharks have been frustrating the Blackhawks through the first two periods of the game as the Hawks have unable to sustain any pressure. That being said, if the Hawks are able to return to the form that they were playing in the first period, then team should be able to erase the 1-point deficit.