San Jose 1, Chicago 0

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 12-7-1-2 7-1-0-2 5-6-1-0 L3
San Jose 13-5-1-0 6-3-1-0 7-2-0-0 W4


Antti Niemi turned aside all 34 shots he faced to make defenseman Jason Demers' first goal of the season stand up as the San Jose Sharks skated to a 1-0 home triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

San Jose, which has won four in a row and 12 of its last 15 games (12-2-1), moved past the Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars into sole possession of first place in the ultra-competitive Pacific Division.

Niemi denied his former team on several choice opportunities - including breakaways by Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell as well as captain Jonathan Toews on a point-blank power-play chance.

With Dave Bolland in the penalty box for hooking, the Sharks needed only four seconds of power-play time to snap a scoreless tie late in the second period.

Ryane Clowe won the faceoff in the offensive zone and the puck slid to Demers, who wired a shot past Corey Crawford to send HP Pavilion into a frenzy.

Niemi preserved the slim lead by recording his first shutout of the season and 14th career.

Crawford finished with 20 saves for Central Division-leading Chicago, which has been outscored 15-4 during its three-game losing skid.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   San Jose
N/A Points Jason Demers 1
N/A Goals Jason Demers 1
N/A Assists Ryane Clowe 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jason Demers 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .952 Save Percentage Antti Niemi 1.000
Corey Crawford 20 Saves Antti Niemi 34

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 34 0 0-4 3-4 8 21
San Jose 21 1 1-4 4-4 8 23

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Sharks have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .714 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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