May 18th, 2010, 9:41 am
Did you know that the teams that have won Game 1 of the previous 12 playoff series this Spring have only won four (33%) of the series outright? Did that settle your stomach a little bit? Surprising stat actually, but it’s the way this wacky Stanley Cup playoffs has gone in 2010.
Did you know that when Antti Niemi plays a beauty of a game in a series he sometimes follows it with a stinker? It’s true.
April 18th shutout vs. Nashville, April 20th 4 goals allowed and .886%.
April 22nd shutout vs. Nashville, April 24th 4 goals allowed and .810%.
May 5th 5-2 win and .939% vs. Vancouver, May 7th 4 goals allowed and .867%.
Please fill in the blanks for tonight, Mr. Niemi.
The Sharks got 45 shots on goal, which was 10 shots more than any team has earned against the Blackhawks this entire playoff run. For a team that prides itself on limiting shots on their rookie goalie – 29.4 average shots allowed in the playoffs and a league leading 25.1 shots allowed in the regular season – you gotta figure if the Sharks can keep this up, they’re gonna win this series.
The Sharks haven’t lost back to back games in two months. It gets better…
Did you know the Sharks haven’t lost back to back home games since December 5th and 9th? They’re not going to suddenly forget how to win at home. It gets better…
The Sharks lost Game 1 vs. Colorado, they won Game 2. They lost Game 3, they won Game 4. They got crushed in Detroit, they closed them out the next game. Enough said.
Every time I write a post like this, the boys win. I’ve done my part…