San Jose 2, Chicago 1

Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 33-10-6-8 18-4-2-5 15-6-4-3 L1
San Jose 35-15-1-5 20-3-0-3 15-12-1-2 W1


Sharks 2, Blackhawks 1 (SO): Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and captain Joe Thornton all converted in the shootout as host San Jose snapped its three-game losing streak.

Pavelski scored while short-handed in regulation for the Sharks, who have recorded a total of two goals in their last four contests. Antti Niemi turned aside 29 shots.

Brandon Saad netted a power-play goal for the Blackhawks, who are 1-0-2 on their seven-game road trip. Corey Crawford finished with 38 saves but was unable to make any in the shootout.

Pavelski began the bonus format by getting Crawford to bite on his backhand deke and firing the puck inside the right post. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews answered with a backhander, but Marleau put a shot between Crawford's pads for what proved to be the decisive tally and Thornton sealed the win by dragging the puck past a poke-check attempt and sliding it across the goal line.

San Jose held a 22-21 edge in shots over the first 40 minutes, but neither team was able to get on the scoreboard. The Sharks finally broke through just over six minutes into the third, taking a 1-0 lead with their second goal in 12 periods.

While killing off Brad Stuart's hooking penalty, fellow defenseman Scott Hannan made a long pass from his own zone to Pavelski, who knocked the puck out of the air at the Chicago blue line. With inside position on Duncan Keith, Pavelski raced down the slot and beat Crawford while fighting off the defenseman for his team-leading 29th goal.

The lead lasted only 63 seconds as Chicago answered during the same power-play opportunity. Kris Versteeg threaded a cross-slot pass between two defenders to Saad, who beat Niemi from alone in the right faceoff circle at 7:13 for his third tally in two games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival nearly snapped the 1-1 tie with 7:20 remaining in the third period, but his shot rang off the post. ... Chicago earned four of a possible six points against San Jose this season, posting a victory while dropping two shootout decisions. ... The Blackhawks have won only one of their last five contests but have earned points in 12 of 15 (5-3-7). ... San Jose has scored fewer than three goals in regulation nine times in its last 13 games.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   San Jose
Brandon Saad 1 Points Joe Pavelski 1
Brandon Saad 1 Goals Joe Pavelski 1
Marian Hossa 1 Assists Scott Hannan 1
Brandon Saad 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Joe Pavelski 1
Corey Crawford .974 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .967
Corey Crawford 38 Saves Antti Niemi 29

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 30 1 1-4 4-4 8 26
San Jose 39 2 0-4 3-4 8 32

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Sharks have a W/L % of .657 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .559 after a win and .609 after a loss.
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