The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday evening. Next up, the Blackhawks get a few days off before they take on the New York Rangers on Wednesday at the United Center.
The Sharks came out dominating the play early and often during most of the game. The Sharks took the lead midway through the period when Jason Demers beat Corey Crawford past the left pad at 10:12. That would be all the scoring in the first period and there would be none the second period as Alex Stalock and Crawford matched each other by making several big saves.
The third period finally saw the Blackhawks assert their game as their defenseman got involved in the play. Jonathan Toews made a great pass to the center of the slot to Niklas Hjalmarsson who skated and found a soft spot in the zone. Hjalmarsson unleashed a bomb that beat Stalock over the glove at 1:27. Just a little while later, the Blackhawks would take the lead as Michal Rozsival scored at 4:01 on a slap shot. But the Blackhawks would be unable to hold the lead as Joe Thornton made a great backhand pass to Brett Burns in front of the net who tapped it in at 11:10.
The game would head to overtime where there would be no scoring. In the shootout, Toews would be stopped by the pads of Stalock and Logan Couture would go beat Crawford with a nice backhand to forehand move. Patrick Sharp was up next and missed the net. Joe Pavelski would end the shootout as he beat Crawford with a wrist shot.
What it means
It was a valiant performance from the Blackhawks who came from behind in the third to salvage one point. The Blackhawks continue to gather up points and now are tied for first in the NHL with 67 points.
3 stars of the game
3. Logan Couture- Tonight saw the end of the goal scoring streak for Couture who had scored a goal in four consecutive games. However, Couture had one assist and was a plus one. In addition, Couture scored the game winner in the shootout.
2. Corey Crawford- There is no rust for Crawford who has played well in both games since he came off of IR. It was another great game for Crawford who made several outstanding saves to keep the Blackhawks in the game when they were trailing by one. On the night, Crawford made 40 saves on 42 shots.
1. Alex Stalock- It was a great performance by the backup goaltender. Stalock delivered a brilliant performance during the third period when the Blackhawks were peppering him with shots. With the win, Stalock improved his record to 5-2-0 as he made 33 saves on 35 shots.