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Skid ends with win over Hawks
San Jose wins for first time in 6 games
11/5/19 - By Mike Lee -

With a five-game losing streak hovering over them like a dark cloud, the Sharks took advantage of another team trying to find their way on Tuesday night. San Jose dispatched the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at SAP Center. San Jose jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then had to fend off a late push by Chicago who pulled within a single goal of San Jose. San Jose received scoring from four different forwards.

More importantly, San Jose buckled down on defense for 57 minutes, controlling the majority of the game, and denying Chicago from pressuring goaltender Martin Jones who made 19 saves to snap a personal 5-game losing streak.

San Jose out-shot Chicago 14-3 in the opening period but neither team generated much in terms of quality scoring chances. San Jose used the period to focus on defensive responsibility, which translated into lots of protection around Jones.

Chicago got themselves into a bit of penalty trouble at the end of the period with Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad taking penalties which overlapped by 30 seconds. Saad's penalty carried over into the 2nd period, but the Sharks failed to convert.

That changed 12 seconds after Saad stepped back on the ice when Timo Meier threw a puck at the net from the top of the left circle. The puck clipped Patrick Marleau who was parked out in front of the goal, redirecting it past Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner. Marleau was credited with his 3rd goal of the season. All three have come off the Blackhawks.

Meier was sent off for high sticking at 11:16 of the period, and the league's 2nd ranked penalty kill not only snuffed out the man-advantage, but they doubled up the Blackhawks on the scoreboard when Evander Kane raced up ice to beat a pair of defenders before lifting a shot past Lehner for his 9th goal of the season. Adam Boqvist couldn't stop a puck that was wound around the end boards, deflecting off him at the right point. Kane got a step on Dominik Kubalik grabbing the puck right outside the Blackhawks blueline before beating Lehner low, stick side.

The sharks pushed their lead to 3-0 at 4:39 of the 3rd period when Tomas Hertl worked a puck out front from the end boards, before spinning toward the net and firing a shot that Lehner got a piece of, but could not stop. Meier was perched on the right post and was there to help it deeper into the goal, but the tally was credited to Hertl.

With the safe 3-goal lead in hand, the Sharks looked to burn clock and prepare for the Minnesota Wild, who come to town on Thursday. Problem was, the Blackhawks weren't done playing. Saad made it a 3-1 game with his 4th goal of the season with 3:02 left to play when he tipped a Jonathan Toews shot while parked in front of the net. Toews carried the puck toward the inside edge of the left circle before whipping the puck to the front of the net. Saad elevated the puck by laying his stick blade flat, ramping it past Jones.

Chicago pulled Lehner for the extra attacker, which made things a bit tense for the remnant fans who stuck around for the end. Duncan Keith followed that up with a shot from the point that hit Martin Jones in the chest, but the puck trickled across the goal line after the Sharks netminder failed to control the shot.

Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton reinserted Lehner back in net until his squad could regain control of the puck. Once that happened, the Sharks had a pair of empty-net chances. Their second would find twine when Meier fired in his 3rd goal of the season to ice the game.

Game Notes:

* The game marked the 800th consecutive game for Patrick Marleau. It was his 1,505th as a Shark and 1,669th game all time.

* The short-handed goal by Evander Kane was the 11th of his NHL career.

* Defenseman Radim Simek returned to the lineup for the first time in a year after he recovered from reconstructive surgery on his knee. The defenseman skated a solid 19:46 of ice time on 22 shifts. He and Mario Ferraro lead the Sharks with 5 hits each. Simek also blocked 4 shots.

* Brent Burns, Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow combined for 13 of the Sharks 32 shots on goal.

* Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl recorded a goal and an assist each.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CHI 0 0 2 2
SJ 0 2 2 4
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Marleau 3 (Meier, Thornton), 1:39. 2, SJ, Kane 9 (Dillon, Ferraro), 12:05, (sh).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Hertl 5 (Goodrow), 4:39. 4, CHI, Saad 4 (Toews), 16:58. 5, CHI Keith 1 (Kane), 18:06. 6, SJ, Meier 3 (Goodrow, Hertl), 18:34, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Gregor, SJ (hooking), 10:25; Keith, CHI (tripping), 17:52; Saad, CHI (hooking), 19:27.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (high sticking), 11:16.
3rd period - Shaw, CHI (high sticking), 6.32; Sorensen, SJ (high sticking), 9:02.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CHI - Lehner 31 28
CHI - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 21 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CHI 3 5 13 21
SJ 14 12 6 32
Power Play Conversion
CHI 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Patrick Marleau
Barclay Goodrow
Attendance
SAP Center - 16,087
Officials
Referees: Chmielewski, Peel. Linesmen: Suchanek, Mills.
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