We've got a fight going, folks! Ryane Clowe and Troy Brouwer got the fisticuffs started around nine minutes into the second period. Clowe got Brouwer's helmet off early and seemed to get the better of him throughout the fight. He scored with several right uppercuts, but neither man went down and they ran out of gas, leading to a referee stoppage.
Some more fast-paced hockey with limited scoring opportunities due to good defense ensued, then the referees struck again: Scott Nichol was called on a boarding penalty at 11:32 of the second period that was not at all boarding. The rest have been questionable, this one was just ... awful. Little over a minute into the power play, the Sharks committed another penalty and had forty seconds to play down two when Torrey Mitchell was called for tripping.
The Blackhawks worked quickly and almost got a goal in with the two-man advantage, and the Sharks commentating team even called it a goal, only to correct themselves a second later. The Sharks cleared the puck out of the zone and got Scott Nichol out of the box. A minute later, they got MItchell back after clearing the puck another two times.
This time, a call came in favor of San Jose as Joe Pavelski wasn't called on an obvious high stick. A few seconds later, and the Blackhawks were called for a hooking penalty, and I end this update as the Sharks head on to another power play.
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