While the San Jose Sharks are certainly the only team the Hawks have faced thus far in the playoffs that can come close to matching their on-ice skill and ability, the fast-paced, end-to-end hockey played up to this point in the series certainly seems to be favoring the Hawks.
Antti Niemi looked strong in goal once again, and the Hawks were able to earn some powerplay chances in this game, converting one out of four. Even more positive was the fact that Niemi and company were only shorthanded once, a notable improvement from the five shorthanded situations they faced in game one.
After 120 minutes of Hawks vs Sharks, Chicago has flat-out dominated their opponent. While being out-shot in both games, anyone watching the full sixty minutes of each game, and not merely glancing at a box score, would tell you that the Hawks have skated, defended, and executed better than the number one seeded Sharks.
Bringing a 2-0 lead back home to the UC on Friday night surely is a wonderful thing. A packed madhouse will be a sight for sore eyes after a long two-day break, and here's to everyone in Chicago breaking out their brooms by Sunday evening.