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Sharks 6, Blackhawks 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com

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Sharks 6, Blackhawks 5
San Jose Sharks 6, Chicago Blackhawks 5
Costly penalties and a sub-par special teams unit cost the Blackhawks a victory for the second straight game on Sunday, falling to the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Up 5-4 going into the third period, the Hawks gave up two unanswered power play goals, including the game-winning score by Devin Setoguchi. The loss marks the first time this season the Blackhawks haven’t earned at least one point on home ice.

“We gave them some goals,” said Brian Campbell, who had three points (G, 2 A) in the loss. “It’s pretty frustrating. We’ve given away a couple of points in our last few games and we’re not happy about it. That was why tonight’s game was so important.”

The Sharks went ahead 42 seconds into the game on a goal by Milan Michalek, but the Hawks and Sharks alternated scores through the rest of the period, as Kris Versteeg, Joe Thornton and Campbell all got on the scoresheet.

The Hawks eventually fought their way to a 5-4 lead in the second on tallies by Versteeg, Cam Barker and Patrick Kane. However, the Sharks’ special teams proved to be too much down the stretch, grabbing two power play goals by Dan Boyle and Setoguchi to seal the win.

The Sharks' power play was 4-for-6 on the night.

“We had a lead [in the third period] and we took a penalty on our first shift,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “That got us in trouble when they scored right off the bat. They were excited and got the momentum back. We can’t take some of the penalties we took tonight.”

Though San Jose currently leads the Western Conference in points, Quenneville doesn’t take solace in staying close throughout the game because the Hawks could have won the contest.

“We should be upset,” he said. “I’m not happy at all about the way this ended. They’re a good team, [but] we had them where we wanted them and let them off the hook. You’ve got to play a complete game against good teams.”

The Hawks will play their next six games on the road, where they have just one win in five chances. Quenneville and Campbell see this two-week trip as a chance for the Hawks to prove themselves in hostile environments.

“We’ve got to be road warriors,” said Campbell. “You have to win on the road to make the playoffs. Obviously, we’re not .500 [on the road] yet. This is kind of our first 'road trip' of the season; we can gel together a bit more and really go after it.”

“I think we’ll learn a lot,” said Quenneville. “I know we’ve got some meaningful game and we’ll want to make sure that we’re consistent in how we play and compete. It will be a good measuring stick.”

Phoenix will be the Hawks’ first stop on their trip, visiting the Coyotes on Tuesday.
scoring summary
1st Period
00:42
SJS
Milan Michalek (6) ASST: Joe Pavelski (7)
1 - 0 SJS
08:51
CHI
SHG - Kris Versteeg (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
09:15
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (4) ASST: Devin Setoguchi (10), Patrick Marleau (12)
2 - 1 SJS
17:33
CHI
Brian Campbell (3) ASST: Cam Barker (5), Martin Havlat (10)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
05:51
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (5) ASST: Joe Pavelski (8), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (8)
3 - 2 SJS
09:10
SJS
Jeremy Roenick (1) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 SJS
10:53
CHI
Kris Versteeg (5) ASST: Jonathan Toews (9), Patrick Kane (13)
4 - 3 SJS
17:34
CHI
PPG - Cam Barker (3) ASST: Brian Campbell (8), Jonathan Toews (10)
4 - 4 Tie
17:52
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (8) ASST: Brian Campbell (9), Cam Barker (6)
5 - 4 CHI
3rd Period
01:00
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (6) ASST: Joe Pavelski (9), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (9)
5 - 5 Tie
15:45
SJS
PPG - Devin Setoguchi (10) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (13), Joe Thornton (15)
6 - 5 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:51
SJS
Brad Staubitz  Interference against  Adam Burish
07:25
CHI
Cam Barker  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
12:30
SJS
Douglas Murray  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Burish
12:30
CHI
Adam Burish  Fighting (maj) against  Douglas Murray
14:40
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Hi-sticking against  Kris Versteeg
18:15
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Hooking against  Dan Boyle
2nd Period
05:01
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Slashing against  Milan Michalek
17:06
SJS
Tomas Plihal  Hi-sticking against  Troy Brouwer
17:43
SJS
Joe Thornton  Slashing against  Dave Bolland
3rd Period
00:39
CHI
Dave Bolland  Tripping against  Devin Setoguchi
01:24
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Tripping against  Tomas Plihal
14:31
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Patrick Marleau
16:48
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Hooking against  Brian Campbell
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 33TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .848SH: 2 - 3
Cristobal Huet
SA: 31TOI: 58:48
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 9
SV%: .806SH: 0 - 0