San Jose Sharks
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
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.
Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
The San Jose Sharks topped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night in San Jose. The Sharks improved to 12-0-1 at home and an amazing 18-3-1 on the young NHL season. It was the second time that the Sharks defeated the Blackhawks in a 1-goal game in less than 2 weeks.
Jonathan Toews scored both Blackhawks goals – 1 in the 2nd period and the 2nd goal less than a minute into the 3rd period that gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Sharks, however, tied the game with less than 12 minutes to go on Patrick Marleau’s goal. Joe Thornton scored the game-winner just 45 seconds into the overtime period.
Despite staying close all through the night, it was not the Blackhawks best showing. The Sharks out shot the Blackhawks 17-2 in the 1st period and 40-25 overall. The Blackhawks seemed out of sync for most of the game, but were able to stay with the best team in hockey for all 60+ minutes. The Blackhawks have 2 games left on the Circus Road Trip.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
The Sharks “toyed with” the Blackhawks for 40 minutes and then went in for the “kill” in the final 20 minutes of the contest. Although the Blackhawks gave the NHL’s points-leader a battle of a lifetime, the Blackhawks came in on the short-end of the stick, and were left to float away in anguish after a disappointing, frustrating and painful 6-5 loss on its home ice on Sunday.
The Blackhawks and Sharks played one of the more exciting games of the young NHL season. The teams traded goals in the 1st period. Milan Michalek opened the scoring for the Sharks with his 6th goal of the season. Kris Versteeg tied the game at 1 with his 4th goal of the season. Joe Thornton gave the Sharks the lead again with his 4th goal of the season and then defenseman Brian Campbell tied it back up with his 3rd goal of the season. Before you knew it, the 1st period was over and the game was tied at 2.
The Sharks took charge in the 1st half of the 2nd period. Goals by Dan Boyle and the ageless Jeremy Roenick gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead. But the Blackhawks answered right back midway through the period with an offensive barrage that Sharks goalie Brian Boucher could not withstand. Kris Versteeg scored his 2nd goal of the game to cut the Sharks lead to 1. Cam Barker and Patrick Kane then scored goals 18 seconds apart in the 17th minute of the 3rd period to send the United Center faithful into a frenzy. The Blackhawks and their fans were going crazy, as they saw a golden opportunity to defeat the NHL point-leading Sharks and send a message to the rest of the NHL that this young team was ready to contend for “The Cup”.
But disaster struck in the 3rd period. Dave Bolland’s tripping penalty set up the game-tying goal by Dan Boyle (his 2nd of the game and 6th on the season). With 6 minutes to go in the game, Dustin Byfuglien was penalized for tripping, which set up the winning goal by Devin Setoguchi. The Blackhawks had their chances with a power play of their own with 4 minutes left to play, but they came up empty and endured their 1st loss at the United Center during regulation play. All in all, the Blackhawks committed 7 penalties, resulting in 4 power play goals for the Sharks. Blackhawks’ goalie Cristobal Huet made only 25 of 31 saves.
Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quinneville was not please with his team’s performance – “I’m not happy at all with the way this thing ended. They’re a good team. We had them where we wanted them and let them off the hook. We were gracious.” Coming off of a great 4-0 stretch, the Blackhawks lost the last 3 games of the home stand (one in a shootout, one in overtime and one in regulation). They now embark on a crucial 6-game road trip that will take them through Phoenix, Dallas, Toronto, San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Dallas is the worst team of the lot – that at 6-8-3 – so the competition will be stiff during this stretch. The Blackhawks are currently 7-4-5 with 19 points and they are tied with 3 other teams for 6th place in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks need to play well on this road trip and come away with at least 3 wins in order to show that their quick start isn’t a fluke. The team is ready, and Quinneville should have them ready to make a point – loud and clear – on this upcoming circus road trip.