- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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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.
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.
1st-period wrap: The Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 1:38 to lead.