Blackhawks 4 - Sharks 2: Game Two Scoring Chances

Andrew Ladd releases the 53 ft. wrist shot. screen grab via NHL.com


You're looking at only the second goal not deemed a scoring chance since I started pinch-hitting for Dennis King in tracking Oilers chances this season.  The first was against Jeff Deslauriers, which speaks for itself.  This one, though, came against the goaltender I spent a large portion of the game one post defending, so thank you very much, Evgeni Nabokov.  This screenshot is illustrative, I think, of the process that goes into tracking a scoring chance.  I've used the same definition of a scoring chance (see the definition after the jump) since the beginning of the playoffs and I've stuck to it as closely as I can, watching all shots directed at the net at least twice and any shots that may be a questionable chance in slow motion, frame-by-frame. 

On this play, the NHL official scorer marked Ladd's shot at 53 feet.  A 53-foot snap shot from the center of the ice should be saved by the goaltender an extremely high percentage of the time, as it's not in the "dangerous scoring area" from the crease to the dots and into the slot.  There is no element of surprise as the puck was carried in by the shooter, there was no cross-seam pass or one-time shot.  After watching the three replay angles in frame-by-frame, I determined that there was no screen, in fact, Nicolas Wallin actually moved out of the way of the shot as Ladd wound up.  There was no deflection, either from the defender or from another forward in front of the net as Ladd was the first man into the zone.  So the goaltender had an unscreened look at an untouched snap shot from the puck carrier from 53 feet and whiffed.  For the second time in eighteen games, I ruled that a goal was not a scoring chance.

Scoring Chances for game 30322

For those of you who are new to the concept of tracking scoring chances, a scoring chance is defined as a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area - loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots, though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net.  Blocked shots are generally not included but missed shots are.  A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score.  He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score.  Vic Ferrari makes this all possible with his tools to evaluate Corsi, head-to-head ice time and scoring chances.

I'm tracking this series with the Sharks as the home team, so in any unlabeled sequence, the first number is for the Sharks, the second for the Blackhawks.

 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 4 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 4 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 5 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 17 11 15 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

The Sharks again won the battle of the chances as evens and lost the game, this time soundly.  This wasn't a case of winning because of game state - the Sharks jumped out to an early chances lead and stayed up the entire game.

 

Team Period Time Note SJS CHI  
CHI 1 18:44   8 16 29 4 44 20 19 33 88 4 51 31 5v5
SJS 1 18:29   8 16 29 4 44 20 19 33 88 4 51 31 5v5
SJS 1 14:06   8 16 29 4 44 20 11 37 55 4 51 31 5v5
SJS 1 14:05   8 16 29 4 44 20 11 37 55 4 51 31 5v5
SJS 1 12:54   12 19 15 3 22 20 36 32 16 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 1 12:49   12 19 15 3 22 20 36 32 16 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 1 9:51   12 19 15 3 22 20 36 37 16 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 1 9:25   8 16 29 4 44 20 11 19 88 2 7 31 5v5
CHI 1 8:09   17 19 64 3 22 20 10 22 81 2 6 31 5v5
CHI 1 7:26   12 19 15 7 40 20 36 32 16 2 7 31 5v5
CHI 1 1:33   12 19 15 3 22 20 10 22 81 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 1 0:45   12 21 64 7 40 20 36 32 16 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 2 13:56   17 27 39 3 22 20 10 22 81 5 6 31 5v5
CHI 2 13:01 GOAL 8 16 29 4 44 20 19 33 88 4 51 31 5v5
CHI 2 11:31 GOAL 17 27   22 44 20 19 10 33 88 2 31 5v4
SJS 2 9:23   8 12 19 15 22 20 11 22   4 5 31 5v4
SJS 2 8:52 GOAL 8 12 19 15 22 20 10 32   5 7 31 5v4
SJS 2 3:32   8 16 29 7 40 20 11 37 55 5 6 31 5v5
SJS 3 19:35   27 15 64 4 44 20 19 33 88 2 7 31 5v5
CHI 3 19:15   19 15 64 4 44 20 19 33 88 4 5 31 5v5
CHI 3 13:42 GOAL 12 19 16 7 40 20 10 22 81 4 51 31 5v5
SJS 3 11:59   17 21 27 3 22 20 10 22 81 5 6 31 5v5
CHI 3 10:32   8 12   4 44 20 19 33 88 2 7 31 5v4
CHI 3 10:24   8 12   4 44 20 19 33 88 2 7 31 5v4
SJS 3 4:30   8 12 15 29 3 22 19 32 33 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 3 4:29   8 12 15 29 3 22 19 32 33 2 7 31 5v5
SJS 3 4:28 GOAL 8 12 15 29 3 22 19 32 33 2 7 31 5v5
CHI 3 2:07   8 27 16 4 60 20 11 19 88 5 51 31 5v5

 

After Jonathan Toews early chance, the Sharks reeled off seven straight chances and were trailing 1-0.  Annti Niemi kept the Hawks in the game once more.  The second period was a bizarre one as there were only six chances total, three on the power play and three at even strength, but there were three goals in the period.

 

# Player EV PP SH
3 D. MURRAY 20:12 8 2 0:00 0 0 1:56 0 0
4 R. BLAKE 19:08 5 4 0:00 0 2 3:13 0 0
7 N. WALLIN 9:03 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:26 0 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 14:56 8 3 1:02 2 2 3:36 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 18:35 7 3 1:02 2 2 4:01 0 0
15 D. HEATLEY 19:28 7 3 1:02 2 0 1:53 0 0
16 D. SETOGUCHI 15:55 5 4 0:00 0 0 0:12 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 13:23 2 1 0:00 0 1 1:34 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 18:36 3 5 1:02 2 0 1:47 0 0
20 E. NABOKOV 51:56 12 8 1:02 2 3 5:31 0 0
21 S. NICHOL 8:15 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:13 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 23:03 8 2 1:02 2 1 3:26 0 0
27 M. MALHOTRA 13:40 3 1 0:00 0 1 1:46 0 0
29 R. CLOWE 15:25 8 2 0:00 0 0 0:41 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 7:34 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
40 K. HUSKINS 11:47 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:01 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 19:09 5 3 0:00 0 3 3:51 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 2:14 0 1 0:00 0 0 0:13 0 0
64 J. McGINN 10:11 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:05 0 0

 

For San Jose, I don't know if there is much that Todd McClellan can change.  His lines are winning the chances battle and the Corsi is even.  Unless he can cast a spell on Nabokov or turn Thomas Greiss into Olaf Kolzig, circa 1998, the Sharks are in trouble.  If I were to show these two chances charts with names redacted and asked for a winner, the nearly universal answer would be the Sharks.  Copper & Blue favorite Logan Couture isn't getting a regular shift and has been a non-factor.

 

# Player EV PP SH
2 D. KEITH 26:01 3 9 4:20 3 0 0:00 0 0
4 N. HJALMARSSON 16:48 4 3 0:00 0 1 0:44 0 0
5 B. SOPEL 12:50 2 3 1:13 0 2 1:02 0 0
6 J. HENDRY 8:36 1 3 0:12 0 0 0:00 0 0
7 B. SEABROOK 23:52 2 9 3:46 2 1 0:18 0 0
10 P. SHARP 12:09 3 2 3:09 1 1 0:15 0 0
11 J. MADDEN 8:31 1 4 0:36 0 1 0:31 0 0
16 A. LADD 18:21 1 4 0:53 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 J. TOEWS 13:46 4 6 3:47 3 0 0:16 0 0
22 T. BROUWER 12:35 3 2 2:13 0 1 0:31 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 52:05 8 15 6:53 3 2 1:02 0 0
32 K. VERSTEEG 18:04 1 6 1:15 0 1 0:15 0 0
33 D. BYFUGLIEN 13:06 3 5 3:59 3 0 0:00 0 0
36 D. BOLLAND 19:51 1 4 0:53 0 0 0:00 0 0
37 A. BURISH 6:45 0 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
51 B. CAMPBELL 16:03 4 3 2:21 0 0 0:00 0 0
55 B. EAGER 6:16 0 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
81 M. HOSSA 12:44 3 2 2:01 0 0 0:16 0 0
88 P. KANE 14:07 4 3 3:47 3 0 0:00 0 0

 

The talking heads are really getting caught up in their own story here.  Dave Bolland is getting rave reviews for his work thus far in the series, but he's been outchanced 3/14 in two games and Kris Versteeg has put up a 4/12.  This line's work is so is so good that they should play for the Montreal Canadiens.  I understand what Joel Quenneville is trying to do - he's freeing up Jonathan Toews by running away from Joe Thornton.  But the point isn't to shut down Thornton - it's to free up Toews.  But if the point is to shut down Thornton, Bolland is doing a miserable job of it and Quenneville should look to some other strategy as soon as possible.  In spite of all of this, it's been the Troy Brouwer - Marian Hossa - Patrick Sharp line that has done the chances damage in both games.  Brouwer is 6/6, Sharp is 8/6, and Hossa is 9/5 so far, mostly against Manny Malhotra's line.

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