1st-period wrap: Blackhawks 2, Sharks 0

January, 15, 2012
1/15/12
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks led the San Jose Sharks 2-0 after the first period at the United Center on Sunday night.

The Hawks earned two late goals in the opening 20 minutes after spending most of the period in the offensive zone. Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made some big stops on his former team until Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg were able to tally 1:38 apart.

Andrew Brunette and Jimmy Hayes won puck battles behind Niemi until the puck squirted out to Bolland who roofed one, short side, for his 13th goal of the year.

After another good shift by the Jonathan Toews line, the Hawks captain found Stalberg in the slot for his 14th tally of the season.

Earlier, Niemi made arguably the save of the year on Patrick Kane. As Toews moved into the offensive zone along the left side Niemi moved in his direction. But Toews sent a pass back to the right, finding Kane in the slot. Kane fired a laser into an open net only to have Niemi sprawl back to his left and make a diving glove stop. Kane dropped his head in frustration and the game remained scoreless at the time.

Sean O'Donnell fought Brad Winchester in the first period. It was his first bout as a Hawk.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
36 16 20 11
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 16
AssistsP. Kane 20
+/-K. Versteeg 17
GAAC. Crawford 1.87