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Kane scores twice to lead Blackhawks past Sharks 5-3 in matchup of NHL's top 2 teams

Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 1:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kane scores twice to lead Blackhawks past Sharks 5-3 in matchup of NHL's top 2 teams

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the tiebreaking goal after a fight midway through the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the only team in the NHL yet to lose a game in regulation this season. Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, who have lost three straight games following a franchise-record seven-game winning streak to open the season. Antti Niemi made 26 saves.

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