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Kane gets two more points, Blackhawks defeat Sharks

by Eric Gilmore /

SAN JOSE -- Patrick Kane extended his career-high point streak to 17 games and Andrew Desjardins scored his first goal of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday.

Kane, who leads the NHL in points (34) and assists (23) and is tied for second in goals (13), moved within four games of Bobby Hull's franchise record point streak of 21 set in 1971-72. It's the longest point streak in the NHL since Pascal Dupuis' 17-game streak in 2011-12 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kane is one game behind Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) and Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09), who share the record by an American-born player.

"It's something if it ends, it ends," Kane said of his streak. "I just want to play my game and make sure I'm doing the right things out there for the team. If it continues, it continues. I'm not too worried about it right now."

Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves for the Blackhawks (12-8-2), who are 2-1-1 on their "Circus Trip" with road games against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings remaining.

The Sharks (13-9-0) went a franchise record 6-0-0 on their past road trip, which ended Sunday with a 5-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but their troubles at home continued Wednesday. They lost their third straight home game and fell to 3-6-0 at SAP Center.

Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau scored and Martin Jones made 21 saves for San Jose, which trailed 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 entering the third.

"Turnovers were absolutely the difference in the first period," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We cleaned it up after that. We were sloppy and a little soft in the in the first period and we paid for it. The story of the game was the first period and how we started."

Keith extended Chicago's lead to 3-1 at 12:20 of the second period, sending a wrist shot from near the left boards past Jones, who appeared to be screened by Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

San Jose made it 3-2 at 11:20 of the third period on Marleau's eighth goal of the season, but Desjardins, a former Shark, scored 67 seconds later, putting a rebound past Jones.

"Obviously it felt good personally, but I think it felt good too, [because of] the time of the game," Desjardins said. "They were starting to pour it on a little bit. It was good. I liked it. Any time you score against your former team, it's a great feeling. That's was the first one for me. So yeah, it felt great."

Shaw scored an empty-net goal with 42.8 seconds remaining.

"Maybe on the road it was our best complete game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a really good game in Vancouver (on Saturday) with nothing to show for it. I thought today we got rewarded. Good back-to-back efforts as far as playing the right way and doing a lot of good things."

The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead at 8:39 of the first period on Seabrook's fifth goal of the season. Kane sent Seabrook a cross-ice pass and he beat Jones with a slap shot from above the left circle with traffic in front.

San Jose pulled even at 14:56 of the first when Burns scored the Sharks' first power-play goal at home this season, ending a 0-for-21 streak. Joe Pavelski hit Burns with a cross-ice pass in the left circle, and he sent a slap shot past Crawford for his ninth goal of the season and fourth in three games.

Toews answered with a breakaway goal at 17:03, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead. Ryan Garbutt took a hit from Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson in the Blackhawks end but sent the puck ahead to Toews, who raced the other way and lifted a wrist shot from the left circle to the far side for his eighth goal of the season.

"I think it was a step in the right direction, especially for the team," Kane said. "We knew this team was hot coming in. They played six straight games on the road where they went 6-0. It was important for us to come out. We know they're a fast-starting team at home. We start off not giving them a shot for a little while. It's a good start to the game. We were happy with our start and kind of rolled to the rest of the game."

Chicago had the game's first eight shots. San Jose did not record its first shot until 13:08.

"Obviously we'd like to come out of the gate a little bit better," Jones said. "But they're a good team. It didn't seem like there was a lot of room out there for us to make plays, and we ended up turning a lot of pucks over. Against that team, that gets you in trouble."

The Sharks were without injured defenseman Justin Braun (upper body), who normally skates with Vlasic on the top pair. After some first-period miscues, Tennyson saw little ice time the rest of the way.

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