San Jose Sharks
Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including one on a third-period penalty shot, and Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Joe Thornton got San Jose off to a fast start with a power-play goal in the first period and TJ Galiardi added a goal in the second to help the Sharks force a decisive seventh game.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sometimes seems to be the only obstacle between San Jose and the Western Conference finals while the Sharks dominate much of their 2-2 series with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of San Jose’s second-round playoff series against Los Angeles on Thursday for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll during the opener.
Marian Hossa’s father told a Slovakian newspaper that his son suffered a concussion Tuesday, but has not been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Sharks.
Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal for Chicago on what would have been a San Jose power play and then added an empty-netter to seal the Blackhawks’ 5-3 victory Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
After posting a 5-0 record and a 1.78 goals-against average to start the season, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford earned NHL Second-Star Of The Week honors Monday.
The Blackhawks placed defenseman Steve Montador on injured reserve Friday and recalled Dylan Olsen from Rockford.
The Blackhawks are currently riding a six-game losing streak as it looks to rebound Friday night against San Jose.
Antti Niemi made 34 saves against his former team for his first shutout of the season and Jason Demers broke a scoreless tie late in the second period with his first goal to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
Marian Hossa scored two power-play goals less than 3 minutes apart to ignite a five-goal outburst in the second period, and the Blackhawks rolled over the San Jose Sharks.
For each goal scored, the opposing team scored another. The Blackhawks scored twice in the second period within the final 23 seconds to keep the game tied, but were unable to break through San Jose’s defenses during the third period. After facing each other three times this season, the Blackhawks have lost each time.
The Blackhawks faced their former goalie Antti Niemi Saturday night in San Jose. Both teams only scored in the first period before going into overtime.
The Blackhawks head to San Jose to take on the Sharks and with Anti Niemi struggling this season, he may not be in front of the net. The Blackhawks are looking for a third straight victory, despite losing the last time they faced the Sharks.
The Blackhawks faced their former goalie Antti Niemi Wednesday night and found it difficult to get past him. San Jose dominated the Hawks 5-2 proving Niemi still has the stopping power he brought to the playoffs last season.
Perhaps the Sharks regret signing the former Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi. The Sharks lost 4-0 Sunday to Calgary while Niemi allowed three goals on the first five shots against him.
Saturday night, it was former Blackhawk vs former Blackhawk as Dustin Byfuglien had to face Anti Niemi in a Thrashers vs Sharks game. Byfuglien scored a few game winning goals on the Blackhawks against the Sharks during the playoffs and he did it again.
The Score’s Jay Zawaski has reported that Stanley Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi will play for the San Jose Sharks next year. According to Zawaski, Niemi signed a one-year $2 million deal.
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