Wins have been rare this season for Chicago Blackhawks. Back-to-back wins have been more rare.
The Blackhawks will try to win consecutive games for the first time in two months as they meet the San Jose Sharks to continue a six-game road trip into the Olympic break.
The victory snapped a three-game slide and was only the Blackhawks’ second win in 10 road games.
“So much of this game is mental,” Anderson said after recording his first win since Nov. 19. “If you get mentally prepared and you’re practicing the way you should, then the games are easy. It’s just a mind-set. Work hard in practice and the game becomes easy.”
The Sharks, meanwhile, are looking for their first win on a five-game homestand that wraps up Friday against the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars.
San Jose lost its third in a row and saw its eight-game unbeaten streak against Calgary end with a 4-3 loss Monday to the Flames.
“They capitalized on our penalties,” said Nabokov, who stopped 25 shots. “We need everyone on the same page, and it starts with me. One mistake ends up costing us the game. This seems to be the story all season.”
The first two goals allowed by Nabokov came with the Sharks shorthanded.
On Tuesday, the Sharks prevented Nabokov and Cheechoo from testing free agency at the end of the season by signing them to contract extensions.
Cheechoo, who got a five-year extension, has improved his game since San Jose acquired Joe Thornton at the end of November from the Boston Bruins. Cheechoo has scored a league-best 25 goals since Dec. 2, three ahead of Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild.
Nabokov, given a four-year deal, holds every major franchise record for goalies, including games played (298), wins (135) and shutouts (27). He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2000-01 and won 31 games with nine shutouts in leading San Jose to the Western Conference finals in 2003-04.
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