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Guerin's hat trick leads SJ
Sharks put a 7 spot on visiting Blackhawks
3/13/07 - by Mike Lee

Bill Guerin was acquired at the deadline for a little offensive punch and a lot of seasoned leadership. The Sharks got both from Guerin on Tuesday night in a 7-1 shellacking of the Chicago Blackhawks at HP Pavilion. Guerin recorded a hat trick, capped by a wacky penalty shot at the end of the game. Guerin recorded a three goal game against the Sharks back on February 13th when the winger was still playing for the St Louis Blues.

Bill Guerin scored his first goal as a Shark 7:04 into the game to stake the Sharks to a 1-0 lead. Patrick Marleau dumped a puck that bounced off the end boards, deflecting to Guerin who fired it through Patrick Lalime's pads. The goal was Guerin's 29th of the season, but first in 7 games as a Shark.

Guerin just missed on his second of the game moments later, firing a shot off the post. Mark Bell cleaned up on a Matt Carle rebound and put it past Lalime after the Blackhawks goaltender was forced to fight through a scrum in front of the net. The Sharks turned up the heat after Guerin's goal, feeding off the winger's initial tally. San Jose peppered Lalime with 13 shots on goal before the midway point of the period.

The Sharks would outshoot 16-2 in the period.

Chicago opened the 2nd period with a little more intensity. Martin Havlat missed on a chance, rifling a shot off the post three minutes into the 2nd period after Duncan Keith sprung the speedy Chicago forward with a pretty breakout pass.

Mike Grier missed on a similar chance three minutes later, missing the net high. Grier put a head fake on Lalime, opening a hole on net, but the Sharks forward lifted the puck over the crossbar.

Milan Michalek made it 3-0 on a pretty feed from Joe Thornton at 13:11 of the period. Thornton intercepted the puck behind the Blackhawks net, then fed Michalek with a blind backhanded pass. Cutting in on goal down the slot, Michalek gathered Thornton's pass then lifted a shot over Lalime's left shoulder for his 19th goal of the season.

Thornton would backhand his 17th goal of the season early in the 3rd period to ice the game. Thornton used his big reach to guide the puck around Lalime as he cut across the Chicago crease.

Things got chippy later, when David Koci nailed Marc-Edouard Vlasic with a big check. Ryane Clowe went to Vlasic's defense, challenging the Chicago left wing, but the linesman separated the two before any punches were thrown.

Grier would tack on another goal at 10:30 of the period with a tic-tac-toe sequence that started with Thornton feeding Michalek. Grier took the quick redirect from Michalek and deposited it into a wide open net.

Jason Williams setup the Sharks 6th goal by hooking Patrick Marleau on a partial break. Marleau would then setup Guerin on the ensuing power play. Marleau setup the Guerin one-timer that resulted in the trade deadline acquisition's 30th of the season.

Martin Lapointe broke up the shutout bid at 16:30 with a late goal after Carle tried forcing a clearing pass that Lapointe picked off in the Sharks zone. The goal ended Evgeni Nabokov's current shutout streak at 116 minutes, 30 seconds.

Guerin missed the hat-trick with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation on a breakaway, but Lapointe was whistled for the hook, drawing a penalty shot. Guerin would get the trifecta on the penalty shot, putting the shot through Lalime's pads.


Guerin 2nd goal gave him 30 for the season, the 5th time in his career that he's eclipsed that mark. The penalty shot was the first for Guerin in his 15 year NHL career. Bell was back in the lineup, because Joe Pavelski is nursing a bum ankle.

The win gave the Sharks back to back home wins for the first time since mid-January.

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1 2 3 T
CHI 0 0 1 1
SJ 2 1 4 7
1st period - 1, SJ, Guerin 29 (Ehrhoff), 7:04. 2, SJ, Bell 9 (Carle, Guerin), 10:42.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Michalek 19 (Thornton), 13:11.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Thornton 19 (Hannan, Cheechoo), 5:34. 5, SJ, Grier 15 (Michalek, Thornton), 10:30. 6, SJ, Guerin 30 (Marelau, Hannan), 13:05,(pp). 7, CHI, Lapointe 12 (unassisted), 16:30. 8, SJ, Guerin 31 (unassisted), 19:47, (penalty shot).
1st period - Team, CHI (too many men), 1:59; Barker, CHI (holding), 17:54.
2nd period - Brown, SJ (interference), 7:59; Williams, CHI (high sticking), 14:06; Bondra, CHI (hooking), 17:50.
3rd period - Richmond, CHI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:07; Clowe, SJ (interference), 8:07; Bernier, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:07; Williams, CHI (hooking), 12:01.
  Shots Saves
CHI - Lalime 35 28
SJ - Nabokov 19 18
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CHI 2 9 8 19
SJ 16 6 13 35
Power Play Conversion
CHI 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Bill Guerin
Joe Thornton
Evgeni Nabokov
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Shane Heyer.

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