Monday, February 2nd, 2009 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks did something only 1 other NHL team had done this season – beat the Sharks at home during regulation. On Saturday night, the Blackhawks topped the Sharks 4-2 at the HP Pavilion, knocking the Sharks home record down to 23-2-2 in 25 games. The teams traded 1st period goals – Jonathan Toews’ 15th goal of the season gave the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead. During the 2nd period, the Blackhawks built a 3-1 lead on a short-handed goal by Kris Versteeg (his 14th goal of the season) and a power play goal by Jonathan Toews (pushing him up to 16 goals on the season). Duncan Keith’s 6th goal of the season gave the Blackhawks a commanding 4-1 lead in the 3rd period, and the Blackhawks withstood a 34-shot barrage by the Sharks to pull off the win. Nikolai Khabibulin improved his record to 15-4-5. It was the Blackhawks first win in 6 years in San Jose.
The win earned the Blackhawks a trip to Las Vegas to watch the Super Bowl and “relax” in Sin City before the team resumes its 8-game road trip. The Blackhawks still have 5 games left to play with the next game occurring on Tuesday night in Edmonton. Going into the Sharks game, the Blackhawks had gone winless in 6 games against the Western Conference’s top 2 teams – Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks now have 27 wins and 62 points, which is tied for the 7th most points in the NHL with the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.
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