After getting their tails whipped in Vancouver, the Blackhawks had a few days off before getting back on the ice in San Jose. With fresh legs
Chicago got off to a strong start as Brent Seabrook opened the scoring 8:39 into the game. With the primary assist on the goal, Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 17 games.
It took more than 13 minutes for the Sharks to get a shot on net, but they were able to get a puck past Corey Crawford at 14:56 as Joe Pavelski made a great pass to a wide open Brent Burns for the power play goal. The game was tied for less than 90 seconds, however.
Ryan Garbutt, who was in the box when Burns tied the game, made a great play to get the puck up the ice for Jonathan Toews to lead a 2-on-1 with Seabrook on his wing. Toews took the shot and made it count, and the Hawks had the lead back.
After controlling most of the action in the first, the Hawks were on their heels more in the second period. The only tally in the sandwich stanza came off the stick of Duncan Keith, who registered his third goal since returning from injury. Kane and Artemi Panarin were credited with assists for the second time in the game.
Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn’t stay out of the box in the first two periods, which opened the door for the Sharks to generate scoring chances. San Jose put 17 shots on net through 40 minutes, 10 of which came with the advantage. After Pavelski scored on the Sharks’ first power play of the game, the Hawks successfully killed four San Jose advantages.
It took 11 minutes for the offense to come in the third period, but any glimmer of hope the Sharks had was quickly extinguished.
Patrick Marleau cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:20, but the Hawks were able to extend the lead back to two only 67 seconds later. A Niklas Hjalmarsson shot was redirected by Tanner Kero, and Andrew Desjardins was in the right place at the right time. Desjardins scored his first of the year against his former team to push the lead to 4-2 in favor of the visitors.
Toews was dominant, winning 14 of 16 faceoffs to start the game with his go-ahead goal. He was separated from Marian Hossa again on Wednesday night, skating most of the night with Garbutt and Andrew Shaw. Chicago’s captain has two goals and an assist in his last two games.
Shaw deposited an empty net goal with 43 seconds left for his second point of the game. He finished tied with Garbutt and… wait for it… Kane for the team lead with three hits as well.
Keith finished with the game-winning goal and was plus-three in 29:23 on the ice. He also blocked one shot. Trevor van Riemsdyk led Chicago with three blocked shots in 19:45 as the Hawks once again relied heavily on their top for defensemen. Michal Rozsival skated only 9:53 and Trevor Daley was on the ice for just 12:23 in the victory.
Brandon Mashinter continues wasting a roster spot. He skated 5:10 with two hits. He provides no value to the NHL club. Desjardins scored and was credited with one hit and one takeaway but only skated 6:32.
Crawford had a strong performance, stopping 27 of 29 in the victory. Martin Jones did all he could to keep San Jose in the game, but finished surrendering four of Chicago’s five goals against 25 shots.
The Hawks return to the ice in Anaheim for a West Coast matinee against the Ducks. Puck drop is set for 4 pm CT at the Honda Center on Friday afternoon.