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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Chicago

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Five goals from the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period was just too much to overcome as the San Jose Sharks dropped a 6-3 match at the United Center. Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture scored for Team Teal. Chicago's Patrick Sharp netted four assists.


San Jose fell 6-3 to the Blackhawks.

Antero Niittymaki made another save late in the third period as the game winds down.

Dan Boyle's shot missed the net. That's his seventh shot this game.

Antero Niittymaki made the save on a wrister from on high. Niitty has made 10-of-12 saves.

Ryane Clowe's shot was saved by Corey Crawford.

Jason Demers put a body on Jake Dowell in the Sharks' zone. San Jose has 22 hits in the game.

Ryane Clowe's shot was saved by Corey Crawford and then Clowe crashed the net. A huge scrum ensued, even Crawford got involved before the officials broke it all up.

Patrick Marleau's wrister missed the mark. San Jose has eight shots on goal so far this period and 28 in the game.

Kyle Wellwood stole the puck from the Hawks in their defensive zone as Jason Demeres rejoined his teammates back on the ice. San Jose limited Chicago to just one shot during their powerplay.

Jason Demers got tacked with a two-minute holding penalty for slowing down Patrick Sharp.

Chicago won the opening faceoff of the third period.


A very tough period for the Sharks as the Hawks scored five goals, three of which were even-strenght goals. Antti Niemi was chased from the game; he made 14 of 18 saves. Antero Nittymaki so far was 8-for-10 between the pipe.

Corey Crawford once gain snagged a shot out of the air and denied the Sharks a goal. Crawford has made 17 of 20 saves.

Chicago got tagged with a slashing penalty. Sharks will go on their first powerplay since the five-on-three opportunity early in the game.

San Jose had little time to celebrate the Logan Coture goal as Patrick Kane netted a goal to put the score at 6-3. Patrick Sharp, once again, and Jonathan Towes earned the assist. Sharp has four assist this period. Towes now has an assist to go with his goal.

Logan Couture's wrister beat Corey Crawford to cut Chicago's lead down to 5-3. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Ryane Clowe tallied the assist.

Joe Pavelski shot pinged off the crossbar on the penalty kill.

Ben Eager got called for a slashing penalty deep in his zone. San Jose has not been called for four straight penalties.

Niklas Hjalmarsson's shot from the point made it pass traffic and into the net to extend Chicago's lead to 5-2.

Sharks got called for icing. Jamal Mayers won the ensuing faceoff.

Antero Niittymaki put his pad down as Chicago tried to jam the puck into the net. Niittymaki made his first save since Jan. 13.

A three-on-one in favor of the Hawks led to a Jonathan Toews goal to extend Chicago's lead to 4-2. That's the young captain 30th goal of the season. Head Coach Todd McLellan pulled Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki heads toward the net.

Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa hooked up again to score on the powerplay to give Chicago the 3-2 lead. Sharp entered the zone on the far left side and passed to Hossa in the slot.

Jonathan Toews drew a hooking penalty from Devin Setoguchi as they entered the Sharks' zone. That's San Jose's third straight penalty.

Marian Hossa scored on the power play to tie up the game at 2-2. Hossa stood unmarked at the top of the crease and knocked in Patrick Sharp's pass from the point. Patrick Kane earne the secondary assist.

Patrick Marleau got called for a hooking penalty and will sit in the box for two minutes.

Antti Niemi makes a save down low. The puck appeared to slipped behind him and into the net, but the ref had already blown the whistle much to the dismay of Blackhawks fans.

San Jose won the second period opening faceoff.


San Jose lead 2-1 after 20 minutes thanks to goals from the two Joe's, Pavelski and Thornton. Antti Niemi made 10 of 11 saves. The Blackhawks registered 12 hits in the first period alone.

Just as the Sharks' penalty expired, Patrick Marleau took advange of a Chicago bad line change and centered a pass to a wide open Joe Thornton who beat Corey Crawford through the seven-hole. Joe Pavelski earned the secondary assist. San Jose regained the lead at 2-1.

Jonathan Toews won the faceoff over Jamal Mayers in the Sharks' zone. The Blackhawks own a slight lead in the faceoff circle winning eight of 14.

Torrey Mitchell got tagged with a two-minute hooking minor.

Viktor Stalberg netted his 11th goal of the season and tied the game up at 1-1 for Chicago. Chris Campoli and Ryan Johnson got the assists. Campoli's shot was saved by Antti Niemi but the rebound squeaked to the opposite side of the net where Stalberg laid in wait.

Chicago putting on the pressure in the Sharks' zone and their shot zinged off the post and to the side boards.

Nick Leddy put a hit on rookie Logan Couture in the neutral zone. The Hawks have six hits in the game so far compared to San Jose's two.

Big save by Antti Niemi on the Chicago rush. Niemi was forced deep into his net, but still managed to make the save.

Sharks' Dan Boyle, in his second game back from injury, headed to the penalty box for interference. San Jose ranked at 23rd in the PK at 80.6 percent. The Blackhawks are second in the NHL on the powerplay.

Joe Pavelski scored the game's first goal on the 5-on-3 power play with a slapshot from midrange. Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau earned the assists -- that's Patty's sixth point in six games. The Sharks lead 1-0.

Blackhawks' Ryan Johnson was charged with hooking. Sharks are now on a 5-on-3 power play.

San Jose earned the power play with Chicago's Fernando Pisani going off for boarding. Chicago currently rank at 25th in the league on the penalty kill at 78.6 percent. Team Teal's third in the Leage on the man advantage.

Logan Couture won the opening faceoff against the Blackhawks.


The San Jose Sharks look to end their three-game winless skid and sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth and final meeting between these two clubs.

Even though Team Teal is on a three-game slide, they still managed to collect points in nine of their last 10 games. Patrick Marleau netted five points in the last five contests.
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