The San Jose Sharks were in danger of losing their third straight game in a row… the Chicago Blackhawks lost their seventh, tying their worst record since 2007.
The puck dropped at 9:30 (CT) for Hawks fans back home in Chicago, all eagerly hoping (wishing, praying, etc) that this would be the game we turned it around.
It was not.
Corey Crawford in the crease after a week from seeing a start in goal, the Sharks scored within the first two minutes of the first on an early PP after Frolik got four minutes for a high stick.
Things didn’t improve for the Blackhawks PK, or the PP for that matter, and the period ended with the good guys being outshot and outscored 12-7. 2-0.
Second underway, #16 Marcus Kruger was the man, scoring twice in the first half of the period to tie it up 2-2.
Offense had a fighting chance, and for awhile, the Hawk’s had noticeably more scoring opportunities, though not much of a result from them besides a goal from Bickell in the third.
The rest of the matchup flew by with a flip flop of goals until the Sharks pulled away 4-3… then 5-3. The PK was not working for the Hawks, as the Sharks locked in three PP goals in the night, including a one-hander by McGinn to finish the game.
The road trip will continue tomorrow night at 7:30 (CT) when the Blackhawks take on the Phoenix Coyotes.