San Jose Sharks Fans: 5 Reasons for Thanksgiving

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San Jose Sharks Fans: 5 Reasons for Thanksgiving
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Jason Demers scored the only goal of the game Wednesday

Players and coaches agreed that the San Jose Sharks skaters were out-executed and outperformed Wednesday night by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Sharks won two more faceoffs and were even in giveaway/takeaway differential, but uncharacterstically did less with the possessions they had. The home team attempted just 40 shots and only got 21 through to the net while Chicago attempted 59 and got 34 of them to Antti Niemi.

Chicago blocked a higher percentage of shot attempts and missed a lower percentage. Considering they were on the attack almost half-again as much, the five-hit deficit was low. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped every shot he could have, with the only goal being from Jason Demers on a double deflection.

A complete game. But they lost because Nemo stopped everything, including three full or partial breakaways and nine shots on four penalty kills to give his team a seven-penalty kill streak—noteworthy for a team that before the streak was worst in the league.

Great teams win games like that. A team that can do it gives its fans many reasons to be thankful, but this list will be limited to five with a Thanksgiving theme...

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