NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Chicago|
(Friday, February 15th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, San Jose 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson each had a
goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks kept up their early-season
success with a 4-1 pasting of the slumping San Jose Sharks at the United
Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw also registered goals, while Ray Emery turned
aside 27-of-28 shots to help Chicago (11-0-3) earn a point for the 14th
consecutive game to begin the campaign, tying the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens
for the third-longest season-opening streak in NHL history.
"We had a great start, we came out with a lot of energy and we were buzzing
around their net a bunch," said Emery. "We got on the board early in the game,
so that helps, and we played with the lead throughout the game."
Tim Kennedy accounted for the lone goal for San Jose, now 0-4-3 since
beginning the season with seven consecutive victories, with former Blackhawk
Antti Niemi making 33 saves in the Sharks' latest setback.
"They skated to create those opportunities," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.
"We don't look fast enough right now for whatever reason and a lot of that's
execution. We'll have to look at the way we play and try just about every line
The Blackhawks went ahead on Bolland's goal in the final minute of the first
period, then dominated the second to extend their advantage entering the final
Kruger began the flurry with unintended help from Niemi, who misplayed the
Chicago center's long shot from center ice and allowed him to poke in the
rebound for a 2-0 game just 3:05 into the middle frame.
San Jose responded less than two minutes later, when Kennedy took in a
heady pass from Logan Couture on an odd-man rush and placed a backhander past
a sprawling Emery to cut the lead to one.
Chicago, which outshot San Jose by a 17-8 margin during the period, restored
the two-goal differential later on, however, capitalizing on a roughing call
that landed Sharks defenseman Jason Demers in the box.
Niemi made the initial save on Duncan Keith's blast from the left point, but
Shaw was in perfect position to knock home the carom 5:20 prior to the second
Hjalmarsson's first goal of the season, a 60-foot drive from the left boards
that landed over Niemi's right shoulder with 6:28 elapsed in the third period,
put the Sharks in a greater hole.
Chicago cruised the rest of the way as the Sharks generated little offensive
chances, save for a wrister from Adam Burish that deflected off the post with
around 11 1/2 minutes left.
Bolland sent Chicago ahead 1-0 by following up his own shot as Niemi failed to
see the puck loose in front, with the goal coming on a 4-on-4 that followed an
extended San Jose power play in which the Sharks came away empty.
The Sharks had been awarded four minutes with the man advantage after
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews received an additional double-minor for
instigating a fight between he and fellow star Joe Thornton. San Jose managed
just one shot on goal, however, before a Patrick Marleau penalty returned play
to even strength.
The 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks hold the NHL record of 16 straight games with a
point to begin a season ... Chicago's Patrick Kane extended his point streak
to eight games with an assist on Bolland's goal, having amassed seven goals
and five helpers during the run ... San Jose finished 0-for-5 on the power
play and has gone 1-for-27 with the man advantage over its last six losses ...
Kennedy's goal was his first in the NHL since Oct. 22, 2011, when he scored
against the New York Islanders while with Florida ... Blackhawks No. 1
goaltender Corey Crawford was unavailable due to a lower-body injury, with the
team recalling Henrik Karlsson from AHL Rockford to serve as Friday's backup
... Sharks forward James Sheppard was scratched after sustaining an
undisclosed injury in Thursday's practice.
02/16 01:56:53 ET