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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Chicago

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks end 2010 with a 5-3 win over the regining Stanley Cup Champs Chicago Blackhawks. Scott Nichol, Benn Ferriero, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe score for San Jose. Antti Niemi is now 8-9-2 with tonight's win over his former club -- this contest is his first time back at United Center since helping Chicago win the Cup last spring. Three of his eight wins this year are against the Hawks.


San Jose holds on to win 5-3.

Ryane Clowe dashes the Chicago hope of a comeback with his empty-net goal. He shoots from the redline and in to give San Jose the 5-3 lead with less than a minute in the game.

Marty Turco leaves his net for an extra skater with the Hawks down 4-3. Marian Hossa drives to the net and Antti Niemi drops onto the ice to cover up the puck at his crease. Head Coach Joel Quenneville calls a timeout.

Douglas Murray's shot rings off the post on the near side as the Swedish defenseman tries to extend the Sharks one-goal lead.

The Sharks crash the net and scramble to find the loose puck at Marty Turco's feet, but the puck squeaks safely away behind Turco's net.

San Jose gets an icing call against them.

Brent Seabrook's shot is easily save by Antti Niemi. Seabrook's shot is only the Hawks' second shot this period.

Joe Thornton screens Marty Turco and redirects Marc-Edouard Vlasic's slapshot from the point through Turco's five-hole. San Jose regains the lead at 4-3. Dany Heatley earns the secondary assist.

Jassen Cullimore gets two minutes for holding. The Sharks are 1-for-6 on the man advantage.

Jamie McGinn puts a body on Brian Campbell.

Scott Nichol takes a slashing infraction and will sit in the box for two minutes.

Patrick Sharp wins the opening faceoff. San Jose is 20-for-35 in the faceoff circle.


Two quick goals in the last minute of the second period ties up the game at 3-3. Brian Campbell's goal crosses the goal line at 19:59.5. Three powerplay goals is scored in the second period alone. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 17:47 of ice time. Boyle also has two assists.

The Blackhawks tie up the game in the waning seconds of the second period. Brian Campbell pinches in and his snap shot finds the open net as Antti Niemi is held up at the far side. Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell get the assists the one-time Shark's goal. Game sits at 3-3.

Tough luck for Antti Niemi and the Sharks. Troy Brouwer shoots from an odd angle in the corner and the puck redirects off Niemi's stick and into the net. Sharks' lead is now down to 3-2.

Jamie McGinn goes to the penalty box for a tripping penalty.

Chicago enters the zone and sets up play. The Sharks collapse around Antti Niemi and do not allow any second chances.

Dany Heatley earns his 15th goal of the season knocking in the rebound to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead on his powerplay goal. Jason Demers and Dan Boyle earn the assists.

Nick Boynton takes a slashing penalty.

Logan Couture has a breakaway but Marty Turco's active stick pushes the puck safely into the corner before Couture could get off one of his deadly shot.

Patrick Sharp gets a shot off on the powerplay for the Hawks' first shot of the period. Antti Niemi makes the routine save.

Dan Boyle goes off for an interference penalty.

San Jose kill off Logan Couture's penalty and holds Chicago without a shot.

After taking three consecutive penalties, Chicago gets a powerplay due to Logan Couture's holding penalty.

From the slot, Dan Boyle passes to Logan Couture who waits to the left of Marty Turco's net. Couture pass goes through the creast and finds Benn Ferriero alone on the opposite side. Ferriero goes top shelf to give San Jose a 2-1 lead. Dan Boyle earns the secondary assist.

Brent Seabook goes to the penalty box for a hooking penalty. The Sharks will have a two-man advantage.

San Jose will start the second period on a powerplay for the next 1:41 pending any other injury.


After a Scott Nichol late goal, the Sharks tie it up a 1-1. Team Teal was held without a shot for about half the period but roared back thanks to two powerplays. Chicago put up 10 shots on goal that period and the Sharks has seven.

Tomas Kopecky earns a high-sticking penalty.

Chicago kills off another penalty but Scott Nichol rushes the play up as the powerplay expires and shots a rifle of a shot from near the blueline. Marty Turco makes the initial save but didn't squeeze his pad enough as the puck trickles behind him and past the goal line to tie up the game at 1-1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic earns the only assist on Nichol's fourth goal of the season.

San Jose crashes the net and surround Marty Turco looking for the loose puck, but the officials whistle the play dead after Turco finds and then covers up the puck.

John Scott gets a hooking infraction and goes to the sin bin for two minutes. San Jose will get their second powerplay of the young night.

A shot from the point sharply bounces off the end board behind Antti Niemi and Tomas Kopecky finds Patrick Sharp open in the corner. Sharp nets his 21st goal of the season on the relatively open net to break the scoreless game. Chicago up 1-0 on the powerplay goal.

Brandon Mashinter goes off for hooking. The Hawks will go on their first powerplay of the contest.

The always active Marty Turco goes way out of his net to play the puck but bangs it off the forechecking Benn Ferriero. Ferriero shoots the puck toward the empty net but the regining Norris Trophy-winner Ducan Keith plays goalie and slides across the ice to stops the puck from reaching the net.

Patrick Kane, who played his first game Tuesday since being missing from action early December, puts a shot toward Antti Niemi who makes the routine save. Chicago now has nine shots on goal. San Jose has one despite a two-minute powerplay early in the first period.

Captain Joe Thornton wins the defensive zone faceoff. San Jose has won four of six faceoffs so far this game.

Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic takesaway the puck from a Blackhawk forward in the neutral zone.

Chicago kills off the penalty and hold San Jose without a shot during their powerplay.

The Blackhawks take a too many men penalty to give the Sharks an powerplay.

San Jose wins the opening faceoff of tonight's contest.


The San Jose Sharks look to rebound after yesterday's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Team Teal has defeated the Hawks two consecutive timesso far this regular season and are looking for win three tonight at United Center.

Chicago will be without Captain Jonathan Toews tonight after he suffered an upper body injury Tuesday. For San Jose, forwards Joe Pavelski, Torrey Mitchell and John McCarthy will not suit up tonight.

Antti Niemi is expected in net tonight on the backend of the Sharks' back-to-back. Niemi was the netminder in both San Jose wins over Chicago. Tonight will be his first game back at United Center since backstopping the Hawks to a Stanley Cup last spring.
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