Chicago 5, San Jose 3

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 8-0-0-2 2-0-0-0 6-0-0-2 W2
San Jose 7-2-0-1 5-1-0-1 2-1-0-0 L3


Blackhawks 5, Sharks 3: Patrick Kane snapped a tie midway through the second period after a controversial call against San Jose and added an empty-net goal late in the third as visiting Chicago remained the lone team without a regulation loss.

San Jose's Andrew Desjardins received a match penalty for a hit to the head at 8:48 of the middle session, although replays showed he delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder check on Chicago's Jamal Mayers. The questionable call created a 4-on-4 situation after Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith received a double-minor for instigating a fight with Desjardins, and Chicago took the lead as a result.

Captain Jonathan Toews stole the puck from Sharks blue-liner Douglas Murray at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and passed it across the slot to Kane, who drilled it past Antti Niemi at 11:52 for his fifth of the season. Kane completed his 14th career two-goal effort with 72 seconds remaining in the third.

Marcus Kruger had a goal and an assist, rookie Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw also scored and Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks (8-0-2), who improved to 2-0-2 on their six-game road trip.

Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus each recorded a goal and an assist, Joe Pavelski also tallied and Niemi stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which is 0-2-1 since beginning the season with a seven-game winning streak.
The Sharks took an early 2-0 lead as Pavelski buried a rebound 2:54 into the contest and Wingels scored from the left faceoff circle. Saad halved the deficit at 10:08 with his first career goal, but Handzus converted a cross-slot pass from Wingels 39 seconds later to restore San Jose's two-goal advantage.

It took only eight seconds for Chicago to respond as Bryan Bickell made a pass from behind the net to Shaw, who beat Niemi from the doorstep. Kruger forged a 3-3 tie at 11:37, pouncing on a loose puck in front after Sharks defenseman Justin Braun inadvertently banked it off Wingels' skate while attempting to clear it and firing it past Niemi.

Kruger's tally completed a barrage of four goals in 89 seconds.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Keith collected a career-high 19 penalty minutes. His previous high of 16 was recorded on March 21 against Vancouver. ... Wingels' two-point performance was the second of his career. He also notched a goal and an assist on Feb. 16, 2012 versus Tampa Bay. ... Blackhawks C Dave Bolland returned to the lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury, while Sharks D Dan Boyle was back in action after a one-game absence due to the flu. ... San Jose went 0-for-3 on the power play against Chicago's top-ranked penalty kill and is 1-for-21 over its last five games. The Sharks did not allow a goal in four short-handed situations, extending their streak to 31 consecutive successful penalty kills.


Top Game Performances

Chicago   San Jose
Patrick Kane 2 Points Michal Handzus 2
Patrick Kane 2 Goals Michal Handzus 1
Brent Seabrook 2 Assists Michal Handzus 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .909 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .867
Corey Crawford 30 Saves Antti Niemi 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 31 5 0-4 3-3 27 34
San Jose 33 3 0-3 4-4 23 38

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Arizona. The Sharks have a W/L % of .857 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game on the road against Arizona. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .857 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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