The top two NHL teams in the league. Until yesterday, both were undefeated in regulation. One of them had to end their streak tonight.
The Chicago Blackhawks served the San Jose Sharks with a 5-3 loss on the Sharks’ own turf tonight and kept their own record of regulation wins perfectly in tact.
The showdown in San Jose saw 5 of the league’s top point-getters on the ice (Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa for the Hawks and Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton for the Sharks), which almost guaranteed a great game regardless of the outcome.
It didn’t look so great for the Hawks at the beginning of the game, however.
Less than 5 minutes into the first period, Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels both scored, giving San Jose an early 2-0 lead. But by the midway mark, Brandon Saad answered back for the Hawks with the first goal of his NHL career.
Michal Handzus restored the Sharks’ lead shortly after, but back-to-back goals (less than a minute apart) by Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger tied the game at 3-3 by the end of the opening period.
Needless to say, goaltending on both ends of the ice was atrocious in the first.
The second period went slightly smoother for Corey Crawford and Antii Niemi. 11 minutes went by before someone scored the go-ahead goal, and who else would be responsible for it other than the Blackhawks’ two superstars. Jonathan Toews, with a great steal, fed it to Patrick Kane and number 88 found the back of the net with a pretty little wrist shot.
2 penalties following Kane’s goal gave the Sharks a chance to tie it again, however solid defense on behalf of Chicago kept them up a goal heading into the third period.
The Sharks outshot the Blackhawks 11 to 9 in the final frame to no avail. With under two minutes to play and Niemi pulled for the extra man, Kane sent another wrister to the empty net for the 5-3 win.
With tonight’s loss, San Jose has now dropped their last 2 games in regulation, while the Hawks cruise on to play the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night with hopes of picking up at least another point.
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Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.