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Blackhawks rally to beat Sharks in OT

by Brian Compton /
Not even a two-goal deficit could prevent the Chicago Blackhawks from winning their seventh straight on home ice Sunday night.

Patrick Kane and John Madden helped the Blackhawks climb out of a 3-1 hole in the second period before Brent Seabrook scored 41 seconds into overtime as Chicago made it seven in a row in the Windy City with a 4-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

The Blackhawks went 4-0 on a homestand that included games against the Western Conference's three top teams -- San Jose, Colorado and Los Angeles. Chicago begins a six-game road trip Thursday night at Calgary.

The winning goal was made possible by captain Jonathan Toews, who collected Troy Brouwer's rebound and fed Seabrook, who scored from the slot against a helpless Evgeni Nabokov (26 saves).

"It was a bouncing puck," Seabrook said. "I just yelled at the top of my lungs and Toews made a great pass, and it went in. It's huge. We wanted to finish here at home on a good streak, and we got that done tonight."

Despite the loss, the Sharks extended their streak of games with at least a point to 12 (9-0-3). The NHL's best team with 32 points, San Jose hasn't had a regulation defeat since Oct. 22 at Tampa Bay.

San Jose grabbed a 2-1 lead when Jason Demers scored his first NHL goal via the power play at 1:14 of the second period when he ripped a shot from the slot past Cristobal Huet (20 saves). Despite the loss, it made for a special night for Demers, who had his father in the building.

"He made the long trip, so I tried to give him something," Demers said. "It's cool to have him here. I think my brother's here, too, so it's good to have that experience for them. I wish the whole family could have been here, but it's good to have a little family here."

Patrick Marleau made it a two-goal game when he scored his League-high ninth goal of the season on the road just 45 seconds after Demers had given San Jose the lead. But Kane extended his scoring streak to seven games when he took a pass from Toews and beat Nabokov from the left circle at 7:54 of the second before Madden swatted a rebound home with 1:19 left in the period.

"We were able to take the game over for a little while," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We just didn't have enough in the end. They're a good hockey club and that's what good teams do."

San Jose did have two chances to regain its two-goal lead in the second. At 13:43, a video review confirmed the puck didn't cross the goal line after a scramble in front of Huet. About two minutes later, Marleau's rang one off the crossbar.

"We just got a look at it," McLellan said of the non-tally. "When the referees don't signal it on the ice, it has to be very clear and definitive upstairs, and obviously it wasn't in their opinion. That's the way it goes. There's nothing we can do about it."  

Chicago's Brent Sopel and San Jose's Dany Heatley scored in the first period. It was Heatley's 14th goal, tying him for the NHL lead.

"It was a great comeback … a great two points," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'm certainly very happy with the four games here at home. I like the way we played in all the games."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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