May 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingPatrick Sharp
(10) waits for a face off against the Minnesota Wild during game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On May 16, 2010 the Western Conference Finals kicked off on the West Coast as the San Jose Sharks hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were not good guests on this day as they skated away with a 2-1 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Sharks got on the scoreboard first midway through the first period, but that goal would eventually be the only goal the Sharks would score on this day thanks largely in part by Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi. Niemi tied a franchise record set a season earlier by Cristobal Huet by making 44 saves in a playoff victory.
Patrick Sharp tied the game up in the second period and none other that Dustin Byfuglien who scored with less than 7 minutes left in the contest for the game winner. This was the beginning of the Hawks sweep of the Sharks and Dave Bolland getting into every single Sharks players head.
The star was Niemi who was so great in the series that GM Doug Wilson made a huge play and in the end picked up the goalie and still hasn’t made the Western Conference in the mean time.
The Hawks were on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, and on this date four years ago the Hawks pick up a Game #1 win on the road.
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