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Notes #21: Reimer Rebounds, Shuts Out Hawks

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Period One

CHICAGO — Two in: How did Meier keep that puck on his stick through a contested entry.

Six in: Bad play by Dahlen. Couture gives it to him for breakout, he returns it, backwards, to Couture still in zone. If executed, no problem because Couture has speed. But crispness not there.

Nine left: Huge block by Bonino to block slot shot that came from low to high pass — huge work.

Five left: Reimer bails out the San Jose Sharks after a couple tough defensive shifts — Sharks could never get a hold of the puck for a solid exit. Then heads up by Reimer to bat rebound away from Dach as the big center was tearing down the slot unchecked.

Four left: (Patrick) Kane took beat with puck in corner, then marvelous pass to Toews in slot. Reimer again.

Period Two

Four in: I’ve never seen a pick like the one Gustafsson just set for Kane. The d-man drives Ferraro toward net — borderline interference — Kane pulls up rear, picking his spot. Just call Kane Christian McCaffrey.

Seven in: Deliberate set-up by Hertl, Fleury robs Barabanov.

Eight in: Gregor and Bonino in action. Like it. Following shift, fantastic Karlsson pass through bodies to Labanc.

Eight left: Ferraro work with puck to avoid FC so nifty, Burns couldn’t find the Ferraro pass.

Looks like Meier will get it though:

Minute left: Barabanov has chance to clear in middle of DZ during extended Chicago shift, you want him to do more there. Thirty secs later, Reimer pulls their fat out of fire with spectacular glove save. AB is trending to unreliable with the puck in DZ.

Period Three

Two in: Good timing on that Karlsson pressure on Kane. Forces Kane out of OZ.

Five in: Ferraro, then Bonino have tough time trying to get through Hawks’ NZ forecheck. Ferraro, especially, is probably going to hear something about trying to get to fancy and go one on one on exit. Hawks pin the San Jose Sharks down for about a minute there. Let’s see if the Sharks can close game right.

Seven in: Bad penalty by Burns. Gets beat by Hagel, bounce pass off boards, but Ferraro had Hagel covered. Hook not necessary to recover.

Nine in: Sharks luck out, Balcers loses his stick on NZ as Hawks re-load on PP, so it’s a five-on-three in effect as Balcers races to bench for stick. Instead of slowing it down, Debrincat opts to fire it off the wing, it misses, rims around glass, Balcers recovers.

Four left: Sharks having trouble getting it out, but they are working conscientiously to recover.

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