Blackhawks 5, Sharks 3

Ross McKeon, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE -- Chicago staved off San Jose's fast start, rallying to score four unanswered goals to beat the Sharks 5-3 on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks (8-0-2) remain the league's only team yet to lose in regulation while the Sharks (7-2-1), previously with the same distinction through Sunday, have lost regulation games on consecutive nights.
The Blackhawks scored the only goal of the second period in a game filled with skating and big hits.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews lifted the stick of Douglas Murray and stole the puck from the defenseman right in front of the San Jose goal. Toews fed Patrick Kane, who filled the half-empty net before Sharks goalie Antti Niemi could move laterally at 11:52.
San Jose's Andrew Desjardins drew a match penalty for what was ruled as a hit to the head. Desjardins belted Chicago's Jamal Mayers just inside the Blackhawks' blue line at 8:48, catching the forward looking back to receive a pass. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith sprang to Mayers' defense, but earned 19 minutes in penalties in the process.
The teams combined for six even-strength goals on 26 shots -- four of the scores coming within 1:29 -- and each team exhausted its one timeout before the contest was even 12 minutes old in the opening period.
The Sharks raced out to a 3-1 lead by mid-period. Joe Pavelski's rebound goal and Tommy Wingels' shot from the left circle staked the hosts to a 2-0 lead by 5:18.
The visitors struck back at 10:08 when rookie Brandon Saad scored his first career goal on a one-time just to the left of Niemi.
But the Sharks answered as Michal Handzus beat Chicago's Corey Crawford from the slot after defenseman Dan Boyle pounced on a Kane turnover at center and sparked a quick transition.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Blackhawks struck for goals just 42 seconds apart. Andrew Shaw scored from in front at 10:55 and Marcus Kruger scored his first of the season following a Justin Braun turnover.
NOTES: Sharks coach Todd McLellan split up forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, two of the leading point scorers in the NHL this season. Left wing Ryane Clowe took Marleau's spot on the top line while Marleau paired with second-liners Logan Couture and Martin Havlat. Marleau and Thornton came into the game scoreless in three games after each producing 14 points in San Jose's first six games. ... Chicago's season-long six-game road trip continues in Phoenix on Thursday before concluding in Nashville on Sunday. ... Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower body) and left wing Daniel Carcillo remain out with lower-body injuries. Left wing Brandon Bollig was Chicago's healthy scratch. ... Defenseman Dan Boyle returned to the Sharks blue line after missing two of the last three games due to the flu. ... Defensemen Jason Demers, Nick Petrecki and forward T.J. Garliardi did not dress for San Jose.

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