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WCF Game 1 Notes
Points to ponder
5/17/10 - By Mike Lee -

  • If Ryane Clowe lifts that puck up 3 inches, this series is slanted in a different direction.

  • Scary stat of the Game 1: Chicago had no power play chances to San Jose's 5, and still put 40 shots on net.

  • On the bright side, San Jose lost Game 1 in the opening round of the playoffs, which served as a wake up call.

  • On the downside, their opening series was against the 8th seeded Avalanche, not the 2nd seeded Blackhawks, who won more games than San Jose in the regular season.

  • All the press the last two days has been on Antti Niemi's heroics, which has deflected criticism away from the soft goal Evgeni Nabokov game up to Dustin Byfuglien. Nabokov needs to be better. Both Chicago goals came from outside of 30 feet.

  • Is there a more undeserving coach than Joel Quenneville? He was handed loaded rosters in St Louis and Colorado and couldn't get the job done, yet he finds himself in the Conference Finals again with a roster full of young studs again. Talk about second…no make that third chances.

  • Everyone keeps talking about how San Jose shouldn't panic after their performance in Game 1, but should they lose Game 2, it's curtains for the Sharks.

  • The Red Wings series was a stepping stone for Thornton and Marleau, but their legacies will be defined by what they do from here on out. Both offered little offensive presence in Game 1.

  • In case you were wondering, Thornton, Marleau, Heatley all a -2 in Game 1.

  • Sharks fans should be cheering every time Brian Campbell touches the ice, because it's evident that he's not 100%. Better him carrying the puck than Kane, Toews or Sharp.

  • San Jose owned the faceoff circle in Game 1, but they also had 20 giveaways. In contrast, Chicago had 9. Puck control is the name of the game for the Sharks, so they need to shore up control, especially in the offensive zone.

  • Jason Demers saw the least amount of ice time for San Jose outside of Jamie McGinn, but bagged the only goal for San Jose.

  • I'll finish on a positive note by saying that San Jose needs to contain Patrick Kane like they did in Game 1. If Nabokov can handle those long range shots and the Sharks smother Kane, they will win Game 2.


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