SAN JOSE, California (AP) - Vesa Toskala knows goalies can go years between assists, so he didn't attach too much significance to his two-point performance for the San Jose Sharks in the NHL on Saturday.
He was more pleased with his 20 saves in San Jose's revitalizing 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Marcel Goc and Curtis Brown scored on plays initiated by Toskala, who backstopped San Jose to just its second victory in six games with the Sharks' first multipoint game by a goalie. Patrick Marleau and Milan Michalek also scored for the Sharks, who still haven't fixed their once-vaunted power play, but made enough hustle plays to win.
And though Toskala was one point away from tying the NHL record for points by a goalie, he wasn't about to take a shot at the Blackhawks' empty net in the final seconds.
That's already been done in teal by teammate Evgeni Nabokov - and Toskala also found the net before.
"I got my goal in Europe," he said with a laugh. "I don't have to worry about that any more. ... (Assists) are just leaving the puck behind the net a couple of times. That doesn't happen very often."
Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov had the NHL's last multipoint game for a goalie against San Jose in February 2006.