After a lackluster first period which found the Blackhawks on the wrong side of a 5-on-3 which lead to the Sharks’ first goal, and giving up a late goal again, the Blackhawks found that they had enough of these damn Sharks winning against them this season using their old goalie. So, in the second period, Marian Hossa shoved an oxygen canister in Niemi’s mouth, and the entire team shot at him until he blew up. Uh. Metaphorically, of course. Hossa scored twice on back-to-back power play goals, and then Jonathan Toews finally chased Niemi out of net.
Niemi gave up four goals on 18 shots.
Niklas Hjalmarsson waited until his former best friend was out of net before scoring, and then Patrick Kane decided to get in on the fun and score, too. During this period, quite a few milestones were reached:
- Jonathan Toews gained his 70th and 71st point, reaching a new career high.
- Jonathan Toews also scored his 30th goal of the season.
- Patrick Sharp tallied four assists, tying a franchise record for most assists in one period. The last person to reach this was Jim Pappin in 1973.
- Patrick Sharp also tallied his 65th, 66th, 67th, and 68th point, shattering his old career high.
- Marian Hossa tallied his 20th goal. This makes 11 straight seasons that Hossa has scored at least 20 goals.
- Patrick Kane scored his 100th goal, the third youngest player in history to do so. The only two players to reach this milestone faster? Bobby Hull and Jeremy Roenick. Not bad, kid.
Even though Logan Couture would also notch a goal for the Sharks in the second period, the game was well out of reach for them. The Blackhawks even managed to keep them scoreless in the third period — a rare feat for the team that has given up the most goals in the last 20 minutes of the game.
So, after I begged and pleaded with them to win, the Blackhawks managed possibly the greatest second period we’ve seen all season. Maybe I should grovel more often?
02:20: SJS PPG – Joe Pavelski (14) Slap Shot – Assists: D. Boyle (34) & P. Marleau (26)
12:13: CHI Viktor Stalberg (11) Wrist Shot – Assists: C. Campoli (14) & R. Johnson (5)
18:36: SJS Joe Thornton (17) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Marleau (27) & J. Pavelski (34)
03:14: CHI PPG – Marian Hossa (20) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Sharp (31) & P. Kane (38)
06:06: CHI PPG – Marian Hossa (21) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Sharp (32) & T. Kopecky (26)
07:25: CHI Jonathan Toews (30) Wrist Shot – Assists: B. Seabrook (35) & P. Sharp (33)
14:29: CHI Niklas Hjalmarsson (3) Slap Shot – Assists: T. Kopecky (27) & D. Keith (32)
17:24: SJS Logan Couture (26) Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Vlasic (12) & R. Clowe (32)
17:46: CHI Patrick Kane (24) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Sharp (34) & J. Toews (41)
Captain Force of Nature watch: If you didn’t pay attention to this entry at all, here’s the summary: scored his 30th goal of the season, reached a new career high in points, and chased Niemi from net.
Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: -1. Wait, what? Hold up, bro. The team scores six times, and you still manage to be a minus-1? Even John Scott was a +1 (bringing his season plus-minus rating to, uh, plus-1). Look at your life, look at your choices.
Post-game quotes from @TramyersCSN:
Q on if 2nd period was the Blackhawks’ best 20 minutes this season: “With the timing of it you can certainly put it up there as one of the better ones.”
Kane on Sharp’s four assists: “Four assists in 15 minutes? Thatâ€™s pretty crazy coming from him.”
Post-game videos: Joel Quenneville, Sharp ties team assist record, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane on 100th career goal, Toews on Sharks win and career points high, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa on his 2-goal night