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Chicago Blackhawks 3, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Chicago Blackhawks 3, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL
Chicago Blackhawks 3, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Though Patrick Marleau was just trying to put the puck on net, the San Jose Sharks' captain somehow found the only sliver of space between goalie Craig Anderson and the post.

With 44 shots and a steady stream of scoring chances, the Sharks were bound to get at least one fortunate goal - and Marleau's second power-play score turned out to be the difference in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored as the Sharks won their third straight and avenged a 6-3 loss at Chicago last week with more of the up-tempo hockey they love.

Less than 3 minutes after Marleau snapped San Jose's 0-for-12 power-play drought in the second period, he added another goal on what seemed to be an exceptional shot past Anderson's short side moments after a 5-on-3 advantage ended.

Not true, Marleau said: He was simply trying to maintain the pressure that's necessary to win in the new NHL.

``With those new rules, you can't sit back and protect a lead,'' said Marleau, who has four goals and two assists in San Jose's five games. ``You've got to keep going after it, keep gunning and trying to score whenever you can.''

Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and Brad Stuart had two assists for the Sharks, who held on through a scoreless third period to remain unbeaten at home this season.

Despite an impressive effort from Anderson, who stopped 40 shots in his first start of the season, Chicago fell to 1-4-3-1 in its last nine trips to the Shark Tank.

``I've never seen 15 or 16 more shots in a game before,'' Anderson said of the Blackhawks' 44-27 shot disadvantage. ``Forty-four, that tires you out. But the more shots you see, the sharper you are.''

The power play was the only aspect of San Jose's attack that hasn't worked well this season: The Sharks were 3-for-29 with the man-advantage before Marleau's first goal.

Sharks coach Ron Wilson praised Anderson's effort, but still found fault in his team's high-energy effort.

``We didn't move the puck quickly enough against a pressure team,'' Wilson said. ``Sometimes you need to have games where guys go off on their plan. Then they realize they can't do it and still win a game.''

Matt Ellison scored his first NHL goal and Jason Morgan got the second of his career for the Blackhawks, who lost for the third time in four games. Chicago managed just six shots in the third period, spending too much time chasing the Sharks instead of mounting its own attack.

``We have to check smarter when we're in the penalty-kill,'' Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. ``I thought in the third period, we had the momentum, but we took a couple of penalties and then the momentum shifted, and the Sharks got it back.''

San Jose went up 2-0 on first-period goals by Sturm and Cheechoo, who batted the puck out of the air on a rebound.

Matthew Barnaby was awarded a tying goal in the second period - nearly 2 minutes after he scored it. His quick wraparound shot slid straight through the goal and out the back because the net was raised, but the officials didn't immediately realize what happened.

Play continued for at least 90 seconds - but after video review at the next stoppage, officials awarded the goal to Barnaby and reset the clock.

More weirdness was in store: Chicago pulled within 4-3 on Ellison's goal during a 6-on-5 delayed penalty - and moments after Nabokov broke his own stick while slashing a Chicago forward. Ellison, a fourth-round pick in 2002 with 15 previous games of NHL experience, slipped the puck past the stickless goalie.

Notes: Chicago captain Adrian Aucoin missed his fourth straight game with a strained groin. ... Stanley Cup-winning G Nikolai Khabibulin started the Blackhawks' first five games, going 2-3 with an unimpressive .866 save percentage. ... The Sharks open a six-game road trip - their longest of the season - Monday at Detroit.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:34
SJS
Marco Sturm (3) ASST: Milan Michalek (4), Patrick Marleau (3)
1 - 0 SJS
10:23
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo (2) ASST: Wayne Primeau (2), Mark Smith (3)
2 - 0 SJS
16:55
CHI
Jason Morgan (1) ASST: Mark Bell (1), Michael Holmqvist (1)
2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
03:18
CHI
Matthew Barnaby (1) ASST: Jim Dowd (1), Matt Ellison (2)
2 - 2 Tie
07:51
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (3) ASST: Marco Sturm (3), Brad Stuart (2)
3 - 2 SJS
10:37
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (4) ASST: Niko Dimitrakos (2), Brad Stuart (3)
4 - 2 SJS
18:16
CHI
Matt Ellison (1) ASST: Jim Dowd (2), Jassen Cullimore (1)
4 - 3 SJS
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
07:00
SJS
Marco Sturm  Interference against  Mark Bell
10:59
SJS
Brad Stuart  Boarding against  Pavel Vorobiev
12:14
CHI
Tyler Arnason  Hooking against  Marcel Goc
12:51
CHI
Mark Bell  Slashing
14:31
SJS
Scott Thornton  Hi-sticking
2nd Period
03:18
CHI
Jason Morgan  Tripping against  Rob Davison
06:41
CHI
Pavel Vorobiev  Hooking against  Rob Davison
08:32
CHI
Jaroslav Spacek  Hooking
09:09
CHI
Jassen Cullimore  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
11:23
SJS
Scott Thornton  Interference
14:52
SJS
Jim Fahey  Hooking
3rd Period
04:44
CHI
Jim Dowd  Holding
06:35
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Interference
10:48
CHI
Tyler Arnason  Hooking
11:33
SJS
Marco Sturm  Hi-sticking against  Jim Vandermeer
14:06
CHI
Todd Simpson  Hooking
17:03
CHI
Pavel Vorobiev  Hooking against  Niko Dimitrakos
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 44TOI: 57:51
Saves: 40EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .909SH: 6 - 6
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 27TOI: 59:47
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1