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Power play powers Sharks in Chitown
SJ wins wild shootout on 4 PP goals
11/16/08 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks used a barrage of power play goals to fend off the Chicago Blackhawks in a good old Western Conference shootout on Sunday night in the Windy City. San Jose converted on 4-of-6 extra man chances, including a Devin Setoguchi goal with 4:15 in regulation to escape with a 6-5 win. San Jose had to overcome a one-goal deficit in the 3rd period to extend their lead in the conference.

For the upstart Blackhawks, it was a frustrating end to a contest that they led after ripping off three straight goals in the middle period. Former Shark Brian Campbell had a goal and two assists to lead the Blackhawks. Campbell's replacement, Dan Boyle, had two tallies, including the goal that tied the game 5-5 in the 3rd. Milan Michalek got things started early, snapping a faceoff win past Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet from the inside of the left circle just 42 seconds into the game. Joe Pavelski won the draw, sliding the puck to his right, where Michalek uncorked a quick one-timer into the Chicago net.

A Cam Barker high-sticking penalty at 7:25 of the period put the Sharks on the power play, but a Brian Boucher gaff allowed the Blackhawks to tie the game up. After scooping up the puck behind his own net, Boucher tried to clear it as Chicago right wing Kris Versteeg approached. Boucher hit Versteeg with the puck, allowing Versteeg to intercept it and slide it into the unattended goal.

San Jose would move back on top during the remainder of the power play when Joe Thornton swatted a Devin Setoguchi pass past Huet. With the puck cycling behind the Chicago net, Thornton cut through the slot freely, then converted on a Devin Setoguchi feed for the 2-1 lead.

Campbell, the Sharks defensive rental last season, tied the game up with 2:27 left in the period on a slapper from the right point. Campbell took a cross-ice feed from Barker, then unloaded a 50-foot shot that beat Boucher to the near side.

Pavelski and Boyle hooked up on a pretty power play goal 5minutes into the 2nd period after Andrew Ladd was sent off for slashing. Pavelski carried the puck in on the left wing, before sending a backhand pass through the slot to Boyle, who was cutting in on net from the opposite wing. Boyle chipped the pass past Huet to help San Jose regain the lead.

Former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick pushed San Jose's lead to 4-2 at 9:10 with an unassisted goal after stripping the puck from Brent Sopel, then racing in on net and pushing a shot past Huet

Versteeg would cut the sharks lead to 4-3 less than 2-minutes later on a wild series. Crashing the net with three Chicago forwards, Boucher the puck kicked out to the end board behind the Sharks net. Versteeg chased it down and fired it back toward Boucher, who was down on his knees. The Sharks goaltender tried to block the shot attempt with his paddle, but the puck took an advantageous carom into the San Jose goal.

The Sharks would implode in the final 3 minutes of the period on a series of careless penalties.

Tomas Plihal took a bad high-sticking penalty at 17:06 , which gave the Blackhawks the first of two power plays that they would convert on before the end of the period. Cam Barker pumped a shot from the point that hit Boucher, then popped over his pads and into the goal.

Joe Thornton then gift wrapped another Chicago power play by taking a senseless slashing penalty away from the play. Campbell would record his 3rd point of the game by setting up Patrick Kane with a 40-foot pass from the left point. Campbell appeared to be winding up for a shot, but sent the pass diagonally through the slot, where Kane knuckled a one-timer past Boucher for the 5-4 lead.

In addition to the three goals the Sharks surrendered in the period, they were also out-shot 15-6, which has been a rarity for San Jose this season. Penalties would bite the Blackhawks to start the 3rd period. A Dave Bolland tripping penalty would setup a Sharks power play goal 1 minute in. Boyle banged home a cross-ice feed from Pavelski as he pinched from the right point. Boyle took the pass at the right dot and roofed a shot that caught top shelf. The assist was Pavelski's 3rd point of the game.

The penalty theme of the game continued late in the game when Dustin Byfuglien was sent off for tripping. Devin Setoguchi would make the Blackhawks pay with his 10th goal of the season. The sharks forward simply cranked a shot from the blueline that beat Huet and the Sharks were back in front 6-5.

A Ryane Clowe hooking penalty at 16:48 gave Chicago one last power play, but they would fail to convert. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennville pulled Huet with just over a minute to play, but the Sharks would suppress any further scoring and hold on for the win.

Game Notes:

The victory was the 12th straight for San Jose over the Blackhawks.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 2 6
CHI 2 3 0 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Michalek 6 (Pavelski), 0:42. 2, CHI, Versteeg 4 (unassisted), 8:51 , (sh). 3, SJ, Thornton 4 (Setoguchi, Marleau), 9:15 , (pp). 4, CHI, Campbell 3 (Barker, Havlat), 17:33 .
2nd period - 5, SJ, Boyle 5 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 5:51 , (pp). 6, SJ, Roenick 1 (unassisted), 9:10 . 7, CHI, Versteeg 5 (Toews, Kane), 10:53 . 8, CHI, Barker (Campbell), 17:34 , (pp). 9, CHI, Kane (Campbell, Barker), 17:52 , (pp).
3rd period - 10, SJ, Boyle 6 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 1:00 , (pp). 11, SJ, Setoguchi 10 (Ehrhoff, Thornton), 15:45 , (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Staubitz, CHI (interference), 3:51; Barker, CHI (high sticking), 7:25; Murray, SJ (fighting major), 12:30; Burish, CHI (fighting major), 12:30; Clowe, SJ (high sticking), 14:40; Versteeg, CHI (hooking), 18:15
2nd period - Ladd, CHI (slashing), 5:01; Plihal, SJ (high sticking), 17:06; Thornton, SJ (slashing), 17:43.
3rd period - Bolland, CHI (tripping), 0:39; Brouwer, CHI (tripping), 1:24; Byfuglien, CHI (tripping), 14:31; Clowe, SJ (hooking), 16:48.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Boucher 33 28
CHI - Huet 31 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 6 13 31
CHI 10 15 8 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 4 of 6
CHI 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Devin Setoguchi
Brian Campbell
Attendence
21,181
Officials
Referees: Devorski, Kozari. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Shewchyk.

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