The San Jose Sharks came in to the NHL Western Conference Finals with plenty of time to rest and go view tape of what the Chicago BlackHawks like to do.
The Blackhawks came in rested as well, having five days off.
So far in the series the Sharks are playing like the teams in previous years.
The only player who has really given an all out effort in the series is Patrick Marleau, but he can't do it by himself.
Where's Danny Heatley?
Where's Joe Thornton?
Where's Ryan Clowe?
Where's Dan Boyle?
Where's Joe Pavelski?
Heck...where's the power play?
In game three against the Blackhawks the Sharks were able to grab the lead in the second period after a scoreless first period. Soon after the goal which was scored by Marleau, Logan Couture took a stupid penalty.
The Blackhawks didn't need any favors with not even a minute taken on the power play the Blackhawks were able tie the score up. The game remained tied until the third period.
Dave Bolland on a bad bounce for the Sharks had a breakaway which he easily beat Evgeni Nabokov. The game looked over after that the Blackhawks had the momentum and looked like they were going to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
A few minutes later though Marleau again scored a goal tying the game up at 2-2. That's how it stayed until overtime. With the overtime period being more than half way over Dustin Byfuglien scored the easy game winner.
On the play the defense was looking behind the net including Nabokov. With an easy pass to the center of the ice Byfuglien was able to fire a rocket that Nabokov had no chance on.
From watching most of the series the Sharks definitely had the capability of beating the Blackhawks, but it seems like for the Sharks there's not enough effort especially in the defensive zone.
Such as when the first goal was scored on the power play. Instead of shooting the puck out of the zone, the Sharks allowed the Blackhawks to repossess the puck and with a couple of passes it led to a wide open goal for Patrick Sharp who scored first for the Blackhawks.
Same can be said about the third goal of the game. The Sharks were too busy playing cute than trying to get the puck out of the zone. This can be said about pretty much every game of the series so far.
What's even worse though is when the Sharks managed to be on the power play. It was pathetic, the Sharks couldn't keep the puck in their zone the Blackhawks were consistently getting the puck and getting it out of their zone. They played hungry on the penalty kill and the Sharks played scared.
At this point with the way the Sharks are playing they do not deserve to win any games. They are being outplayed in every facet of the game. With the way the teams are playing it's hard to figure out that the Sharks managed to end up with the best record in the Western Conference.
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