Blackhawks Steal Game One In San Jose, 2-1

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Second City Hockey: Blackhawks An Inch Above Sand

Blackhawks’ blog Second City Hockey didn’t think it was pretty by any means but the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory over San Jose in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was crucial. Now Chicago just needs to keep it up.

If the fourth line can continue with what we saw this afternoon, the Hawks will put themselves in a very good position as the series wears on. Because San Jose really only rolls 3 lines, if the fourth for the Hawks can be physically disruptive and keep it 200 feet away from Niemi, that will keep the other forwards that much fresher. Ben Eager in particular was a physical force, playing with the speed and the edge that’s necessary for him to be a factor.

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