The Blackhawks got three goals from defensemen in the first period and put the hammer down in the third to put away the Sharks with a strong 5-2 victory.
Trevor vanRiemsdyk scored his first NHL goal to open the parade exactly 12 minutes into the first period. Brent Seabrook scored at 14:10 and Niklas Hjalmarsson scored at 14:34, with Hjalmarsson’s first of the season holding up as the game-winner.
Joe Pavelski would score his sixth of the season late in the first and added his seventh on an early second period power play, but that was the sum of the Sharks offense in the game.
The Hawks would add insurance goals from Bryan Bickell and an empty net tally from Jonathan Toews as the wheels came off completely for the Sharks late in the third period.
As Toews was burying the empty net goal, Marc-Edouard Vlasic was busy picking a fight with Kris Versteeg. The two would get sent off for fighting at 18:03, but that was only the beginning of the parade to the penalty box for San Jose.
Only 23 second after the Vlasic-Versteeg fight, Adam Burish dropped the mitts with Jeremy Morin. Burish was called for the extra penalty, putting the Hawks on a late power play that was enhanced when Brent Burns went to the box for tripping Brandon Saad. Five seconds after Burns went to the box, Scott Hannan joined him after boarding Peter Regin.
Morin, Versteeg, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith and David Rundblad were the only Blackhawks to finish the night without a point. Toews led the way with one goal and one assist while winning 13 of 21 faceoffs.
Seabrook and Duncan Keith, who were split up by coach Joel Quennevile, each had four blocked shots in the game. Saad led the Hawks with five shots on goal, and Marian Hossa was credited with a team-high three hits.
Rundblad and vanRiemsdyk started the game split up but each skated 2:12 on the power play. Chicago finished the night 0-2 with the advantage, and killed two of the Sharks’ three power plays.
Brad Richards picked up an assist, and now has a point in four straight games eight of the last 11.
Between the pipes, Corey Crawford had another good game. Chicago’s netminder stopped 32 of 34 in the victory, withstanding 25 shots in the second and third periods to give his team a chance to add onto their lead. The Hawks out-shot the Sharks 20-9 in the first period and finished the game with 37 shots on net.
Antti Niemi allowed four of the five goals against 36 shots in the loss.