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Jones blanks Hawks in Chitown
San Jose knocks off Chicago to end road trip
2/9/15 - By Mike Lee -

Martin Jones had never defeated the Chicago Blackhawks entering Tuesday night's match-up at the United Center. He was 0-4 in his prior attempts, but a 33 save performance was good enough to not only beat the Blackhawks, but to shut them out. There's something to be said given the Blackhawk's status atop the Western Conference standings, and the fact they did in Chicago's barn. The Sharks played a perfect road game, stifling the Blackhawks lineup of super stars and generated just enough scoring to end their road trip an even 2-2-0.

Jones saw a steady stream of rubber all night, and was tested by a Chicago offense that doesn't monkey around with the puck. No perimeter prayers from the Blackhawks. They attacked the Sharks net all night, creating plenty of scoring opportunities with lots of movement in front of the opposing net.

That offense appeared to generate the game's first goal midway through the opening period when former Shark Brandon Mashinter deflected a pass past Jones. The goal was about as fluky as they come. With the puck ping-ponging atop the Sharks crease, Dennis Rasmussen flipped the puck in the opposite direction of the goal. Rasmussen lifted the puck, hitting Mashinter in the shin pad, which redirected it back into the net.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer immediately challenged the goal, claiming goaltender interference on Jones, which turned out to be the right call. Video replays showed light contact between Rasmussen and Jones, but it was enough to overturn the goal.

San Jose was forced to play with five defenseman after the 5 minute mark, when Brendan Dillon disappeared into the locker room. The Sharks made no announcement on Dillon's status, but he did not return for the remainder of the game.

After waiting out the Blackhawks, the Sharks made the most of the lone penalty Chicago would commit in the game. A Niklas Hjalmarsson slashing penalty allowed the Sharks to open up the offense and finally get a puck past Corey Crawford. Patrick Marleau uncorked a shot from the blueline that clipped Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in the high slot and changed the trajectory of the puck. That angle change was enough to fool Crawford for Marleau's 16th of the season.

San Jose went into lockdown mode on the road weary Blackhawks who were playing at the United Center for the first time since January 24th.

Jones was particularly good in the 3rd period, when Chicago turned up the heat to try and pot the equalizer. The Blackhawks fired 11 shots on net over the final 20 minutes, fueled by an extra attacker when Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville pulled Crawford with 2:40 to play.

Joe Thornton took advantage of the empty net, firing a puck down the ice from behind his own blueline for his 12th goal of the season with 1:42 to play.

Chicago kept their net empty after the Thornton goal in an attempt to cut into the Sharks lead, but it was too little too late. Jones tightened his grip on the Blackhawks for his 5th shutout of the season. It was also his 12th career blanking. The win also snapped the Blackhawks 3-game winning streak.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 1 2
CHI 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Marleau 16 (Couture, Thornton), 9:09, (pp).
3rd period - 2, Thornton 12 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 18:18, (en).
1st period - Ward, SJ (hooking), 10:03; Martin, SJ (holding), 18:32.
2nd period - Hjalmarsson, CHI (slashing), 8:30; Tierney, SJ (tripping), 19:38.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 33 33
CHI - Crawford 26 25
CHI - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 13 6 27
CHI 10 12 11 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 1
CHI 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Patrick Marleau
Corey Crawford
Referees: Kozari, Kowal. Linesmen: Cherrey, Murchison.
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