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Hawks score 3 unanswered to knock off SJ
Seabrook's OT goal ends bad loss
11/15/09 - By Mike Lee -

The tail end of back-to-back games ended with an ugly 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night at the United Center . Brent Seabrook scored 41 seconds into overtime to cap a huge comeback win for the host Blackhawks. San Jose blew a 3-1 lead, surrendering three unanswered goals to a Chicago team that took the play to the Sharks all night long. Evgeni Nabokov deserved better, but he failed to get the necessary defensive help.

The upstart Blackhawks played a high energy game that battled back after San Jose jumped out to a two-goal lead midway through the game. Pressing with pinching defenseman all night, the Blackhawks would eventually win it on a surge in overtime that ended with a defenseman banging home the game winner.

Brent Sopel gave the Blackhawks the early lead with a slap shot through traffic that weaved its way to the back of the Sharks net. Chicago did a good job to create traffic in front of Evgeni Nabokov, who never saw the shot.

Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton teamed up to even thing sup with 5 minutes to play in the period. Thornton took a feed from Jason Demers as he skated toward the right corner, then circled back and sent a pass back toward the high slot. Heatley one-timed the pass, firing the puck through Cristobal Huet’s five-hole for his 14th goal of the season.

Blackhawks left winger Ben Eager tried to mix it up with Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray in the opening minute of the 2nd period. Both players would drop the gloves, but Eager would earn an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Rookie defenseman Jason Demers would make Eager pay by scoring his first career NHL goal 32 seconds into the power play. Hovering near the left dot, Demers would send a no-look shot on net, fooling Huet. With all the attention on Thornton on the far side, Chicago paid little attention to Demers, so his shot was unchallenged.

Patrick Marleau would push the Sharks lead to 3-1 a mere 43 seconds later, after depositing a Joe Pavelski feed from in tight. Huet pinched out toward the top of the crease as the Sharks centerman cut straight down the slot. Pavelski made the feed from the end boards. Marleau took the feed and partially deeked Huet before easily sliding the puck into the wide open net.

An Andrew Ladd boarding penalty gave the Sharks another chance to pile on the scoring, but the San Jose power play would come no closer than a chance by Heatley that clipped the left post.

The Sharks were guilty of some complacency four minutes later, when the Blackhawks turned up the pressure around Nabokov and scored when Patrick Kane beat Devin Setoguchi to a puck and lifted it past Nabokov to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2.

The Sharks appeared to score their fourth goal of the night with just over 6 minutes to play in the period, but the on-ice officials did not see the puck cross the line. Thornton celebrated by raising his arms, but referee Kevin Pollock didn’t get a look at it, even though he was positioned directly behind the net. Video replays were inconclusive, even though a high-definition feed shows three-fourths of the puck crossing the line before Huet’s arm blocks the camera view.

Both team’s would up the tempo of play and exchange post shots by Kane and Marleau.

John Madden would tie the game with 1:19 before the 2nd intermission on a third chance after Nabokov made back-to-back saves on a rush, after the Sharks failed to step up to Madden.

A miscue by Huet almost turned into a Sharks goal, but Pavelski heeled the puck, missing on a wide open goal.

Scott Nichol almost ended things in regulation with a nice move in the Blackhawks zone by cutting in behind Duncan Keith before uncorking a shot that Huet had to deflect to preserve the tie.

Chicago would need all of 41 seconds in the overtime period to end it.

Game Notes:

The Sharks got to witness a special pre-game ceremony for the second consecutive night. After John Davidson was honored on Saturday night in St Louis for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame’s broadcaster’s wing, the Blackhawks paid tribute to Jeremy Roenick for his illustrious NHL career. Roenick and his family were on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck before the game.


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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 2 0 0 3
CHI 1 2 0 1 4
1st period - 1, CHI, Sopel 1 (Hendry), 4:08. 2, SJ, Heatley 14 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 15:01.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Demers 1 (unassisted), 1:14, (pp). 4, SJ, Marleau 12 (Pavelski, Joslin), 1:59. 5, CHI, Kane 7 (Toews, Keith), 7:54. 6, CHI, Madden 3 (Ladd, Keith), 18:41.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 7, CHI, Seabrook 2 (Toews, Brouwer), 0:41.
Penalties
1st period - Madden, CHI (holding), 1:13.
2nd period - Murray, SJ (fighting major), 0:42; Eager, CHI (fighting major), 0:42; Eager, CHI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:42; Ladd, CHI (boarding), 4:45; Murray , SJ (cross checking), 8:26.
3rd period - Byfuglien, CHI (interference), 0:52; Malhotra, SJ (high sticking), 7:19.
Overtime - None.
 
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 30 26
CHI - Huet 23 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 8 8 0 23
CHI 9 13 6 2 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
CHI 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Toews
Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook
Attendence
21,130
Officials
Referees: Fraser, Pollock. Linesmen: Gibbs, Seitz.

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