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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Sharks, 5-4

Chicago drops back-and-forth home opener to San Jose on Thursday night

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks led early and often in their 2019-20 home opener, but fell to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, at the United Center on Thursday evening. 

Blackhawks Player of the Game: Andrew Shaw (2G, +2, 5 SOG, 7 hits)

Stat of the Night: Shaw scored his first goal at the United Center as a member of the Blackhawks in 1,297 days and his first of the year with his first-period tally.


The Blackhawks needed just five minutes to find the opening goal as Dominik Kubalik scored his first NHL tally at 5:07 of the first off a cross-ice from Brandon Saad for a 1-0 lead. 

Video: SJS@CHI: Kubalik scores his first NHL goal on rebound 

San Jose would answer on the game's first power play as Kevin Lebanc fired a quick rebound off the post off of Corey Crawford's glove and in from a low angle at the bottom of the circle, evening the game 1-1 at 11:30 of the first. 

Shaw, scored his first goal since re-joining Chicago at 13:22 of the first. Shaw set a screen in front of Sharks goalie Aaron Dell on an Olli Maatta shot from the point, then picked up the rebound at the top of the crease and slotted a quick wrister home for a 2-1 lead. 

Video: SJS@CHI: Shaw finishes from the top of the crease

The Sharks answered in the final seconds of the period as Patrick Marleau tipped home an Erik Karlsson shot on the man advantage at 19:43 of the first, tying the game 2-2. 

In the second period, Shaw found the net again off a feed from Alex DeBrincat after the 21-year-old forced a turnover on a forecheck. The Cat fed the incoming Mutt at the top of the circle, where Shaw fired another quick chance past Dell for a 3-2 lead at 9:27 of the second. 

Video: SJS@CHI: Shaw converts on forced turnover

The visitors would answer 33 seconds later as Brent Burns scored his second of the year, firing a high saucer pass across the top of the crease that deflected off of Connor Murphy's glove and past Crawford to deadlock the game again, 3-3. 

Dylan Strome scored his first of the year at 12:14 off a give-and-go with Patrick Kane on an odd-man rush. Strome fed Kane in the high slot, before putting a one-timer past Dell on the return feed from Chicago's early-season scoring leader for a 4-3 lead. 

Video: SJS@CHI: Strome nets return pass on the break

For the fourth time on the night, the Sharks answered as Marleau scored his second late-period goal of the game at 17:46 of the middle frame. The veteran cleaned up the rebound from a Timo Meier shot from the point, slotting a shot under the outstretched stick of Crawford. 

San Jose took their first lead of the night early in the third as Barclay Goodrow found space in front and buried a Joe Thornton feed from behind the goal for a 5-4 advantage at 4:47.

UP NEXT: Chicago hosts Winnipeg on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. (TICKETS)

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