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game recap

Sharks 3, Blackhawks 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:44 PM

Associated Press

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Sharks 3, Blackhawks 2
San Jose Sharks 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Blackhawks controlled the play for nearly the entire game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, but still fell short.

Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves, and Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks to their third straight win, 3-2 over Chicago.

Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks, who moved ahead of the Blackhawks into first place in the Western Conference, and snapped Chicago's four-game overall and five-game home winning streaks.

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who outshot the Sharks 47-14.

"We didn't have many chances, so we were lucky to create enough to win the game," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Certainly when you look at it in the big picture, we didn't play near well-enough.

"We basically robbed one here tonight and we can chalk that one up to Nabby."

Nabokov lost a shutout bid early in the third when Kane finally scored on the Blackhawks' 34th shot to make it 2-1.

"We let Nabby do all the work," Demers said. "We can't let him do that every game. He's human, too."

Chicago's puck-possession game was aided by seven power plays. That helped boost the Blackhawks' shot total, but they failed to convert any of the chances and allowed a short-handed score by Thornton.

"Taking all the penalties slowed us down, but we battled," Nabokov said. "We needed our big guys to score, and they did."

San Jose capitalized on Chicago's mistakes to avenge 4-3 and 7-2 losses to the Blackhawks in November.

McLellan had reassembled a line of top forwards Heatley, Thornton and Patrick Marleau to help spark San Jose to a 4-2 win at Dallas on Monday. McLellan kept the trio together against Chicago and it paid off.

"They scored two big goals and set up the winner," McLellan said. "They contributed with the penalty killing. Without them we'd have no offense."

Chicago's Cristobal Huet made 11 saves, but his shutout streak ended at 143:31 when Heatley opened the scoring 3:18 into the first. Huet had 3-0 shutouts in his two previous starts.

Huet had not permitted a goal since Buffalo's Clarke MacArthur beat him late in the second period of the Sabres' 2-1 win on Dec. 11.

"We outshot them, but we couldn't create the top, top chances," Hossa said. "We tried to shoot from bad angles and chaos in front of the net, but their goalie played well.

"We have to learn from this," he added. "We have to be more poised with the puck and trust each other more."

San Jose's three-game winning streak comes on the heels of an 0-2-3 slide, its longest winless slump this season.

The Blackhawks outshot the Sharks 15-4 in the first, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. Heatley put San Jose ahead early when he slipped around Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, took Dan Boyle's feed and beat Huet with a high shot on the short side.

In the second period, Chicago outshot San Jose 11-3, but the Sharks took a 2-0 lead on Thornton's short-handed goal at 5:10. Thornton is the NHL's leading scorer.

San Jose's Joe Pavelski picked off a pass by Chicago's Kris Versteeg at center ice, and then moved in on a 2-on-1 break with Thornton. Pavelski slipped a pass to Thornton, who lofted a rising shot over Huet's left shoulder.

Kane cut it to 2-1 at 4:10 of the third to end Nabokov's bid for a third shutout this season.

Hossa dug the puck out of the left corner, centered it and Kane knocked it in from a goal-mouth scramble.

Just 20 seconds later, Demers made it 3-1 following a Chicago coverage breakdown. Set up by Thornton's pass, Demers beat Huet on the glove side with a high shot from the slot.

Hossa slipped in a goal from a sharp angle during a 4-on-4 with 1:51 left in the third to cut it to 3-2.

Notes: The Blackhawks have converted just three of their past 36 power-play chances. ... Huet's longest personal shutout streak is 173:30, set over four games with Montreal in February 2006. His previous back-to-back shutouts were in March 2006 with the Canadiens. ... Chicago D Cam Barker missed his second game with a lower-body injury and LW Ben Eager missed his third with an upper-body injury. ... San Jose RW Brad Staubitz missed his 14th game with a facial injury. ... D Jay Leach was a healthy scratch.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:18
SJS
Dany Heatley (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Boyle (24)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
05:10
SJS
SHG - Joe Thornton (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (11)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
04:10
CHI
Patrick Kane (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (6)
2 - 1 SJS
04:30
SJS
Jason Demers (2) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (41), Dany Heatley (19)
3 - 1 SJS
18:09
CHI
Marian Hossa (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (25), Duncan Keith (23)
3 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:15
SJS
Jed Ortmeyer  Holding against  Troy Brouwer
12:08
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Tripping against  Andrew Ladd
14:57
SJS
Jason Demers  Tripping against  Bryan Bickell
16:00
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Hooking against  Kent Huskins
19:20
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Too many men/ice - bench
19:51
SJS
Joe Thornton  Interference against  Troy Brouwer
2nd Period
03:43
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Tripping against  Colin Fraser
03:43
SJS
Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Bickell
03:43
CHI
Bryan Bickell  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
08:07
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Roughing against  Dany Heatley
10:31
SJS
Kent Huskins  Hooking against  Patrick Sharp
17:00
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Evgeni Nabokov
3rd Period
05:38
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
13:09
SJS
Joe Thornton  Cross checking against  Andrew Ladd
17:06
SJS
Rob Blake  Roughing against  Jonathan Toews
17:06
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Roughing against  Rob Blake
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 47TOI: 59:44
Saves: 45EV: 37 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
16-8-2
SA: 14TOI: 57:46
Saves: 11EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .786SH: 0 - 1