for this game

Toews nets two as Blackhawks top Sharks

Feb 1, 2009 - 7:45 AM
By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Jonathan Toews was 14 years old the last time the Chicago Blackhawks won in San Jose. Thanks to the captain, that streak is over.

Toews scored two goals Saturday as the Blackhawks snapped a 13-game losing skid to the San Jose Sharks with a 4-2 victory.

Rookie Kris Versteeg netted a shorthanded tally, defenseman Duncan Keith tallied on a power play and Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who recorded a win at the "Shark Tank" for the first time since March 17, 2003.

Blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff and Milan Michalek both scored, Joe Pavelski had two assists and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 25 shots for the Sharks, who fell to 23-2-2 at home this season.

The 20-year-old Toews ended Nabokov's franchise-record shutout streak just 48 seconds into the game. After Nabokov denied Andrew Ladd's shot, Toews tapped in the rebound to stop the streak at 170 minutes, 58 seconds.

"It was a great start for us," said defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was one of only three Blackhawks on the team for the last win in San Jose. "We came out hard and got one right off the bat, then we carried it through. We worked hard, collectively, for 60 minutes."

Chicago had a goal disallowed with 9:01 left in the first period when, after a lengthy discussion between the officials, Versteeg was handed a double-minor for high-sticking before the tally.

"It was an interesting call," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had the same thing the other day, (against the Rangers) and we were well aware of the rule, and hoping they would hurry up and drop the puck. They tied it right there and almost made it 2-1."

Ehrhoff tied the contest at 1-1 with 7:54 left in the first on a slap shot from the point beat Khabibulin on the glove side.

With Keith in the penalty box, Ehrhoff fanned on an attempt to dump the puck, and it went to Dave Bolland for a breakaway.

Bolland was taken down by Ehrhoff, but he was able to get off a shot, which rebounded back to Versteeg in the slot. The rookie converted the rebound with a wrist shot at 7:56 of the middle session for a 2-1 edge.

"I tried to catch the guy," Ehrhoff said. "I should have probably kept skating, when I look at it now. I tried to take a swipe at the puck and I took him down. It probably would have been a penalty shot, then the second guy came and scored."

Toews then scored on a man-advantage with 3:45 left in the second. Toews netted his second of the night from the left doorstep, lifting one just under the crossbar from a difficult angle to stretch the lead to 3-1.

"We had some bad luck last time in this building and gave away a third-period lead," Toews said. "We were determined not to do that tonight."

Keith and Michalek exchanged goals late in the third period to provide the final margin.

"At 4-1 in the third period, not for a second did we think this game was over," Patrick Sharp said. "We have great respect for them and we can take lessons from the way they play - I don't think they've taken any games off this season."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan did not mince words in describing how he saw the game.

"The tempo of the game was in their favor, and the specialty teams were in their favor," he said. "They were faster than we were. I thought we were second to a lot of pucks and spent any type of energy we did have defending in our end. When we were on offense, we were tired and looking for a line change.

"We miss Danny (Boyle) on the point on the power play. It's evident. That really affects our hockey club, but this is a scenario we could face three months from now and we'd better be prepared to adapt and adjust. Other people have to give us more in those situations."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 2 1 4
    SAN JOSE 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - JONATHAN TOEWS 15 (ANDREW LADD, BRIAN CAMPBELL) 0:48
    SAN - (PP) CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF 5 (RYANE CLOWE, JOE PAVELSKI)
    12:06
    2ND PRD: CHI - (SH) KRIS VERSTEEG 14 (DAVE BOLLAND) 7:56
    CHI - (PP) JONATHAN TOEWS 16 (PATRI

    Feb 1 1:01 AM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 4
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 14 (JOE PAVELSKI, ROB BLAKE) 14:44

    Blackhawks 4, Sharks 2  3rd - 5:16Feb 1 12:52 AM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 4
    SAN JOSE 1
    3RD PRD: CHI - (PP) DUNCAN KEITH 6 (BRENT SEABROOK, KRIS VERSTEEG)
    14:34

    Blackhawks 4, Sharks 1  3rd - 5:26Feb 1 12:52 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 2 3
    SAN JOSE 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - JONATHAN TOEWS 15 (ANDREW LADD, BRIAN CAMPBELL) 0:48
    SAN - (PP) CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF 5 (RYANE CLOWE, JOE PAVELSKI)
    12:06
    2ND PRD: CHI - (SH) KRIS VERSTEEG 14 (DAVE BOLLAND) 7:56
    CHI - (PP) JONATHAN TO

    Feb 1 12:06 AM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 3
    SAN JOSE 1
    2ND PRD: CHI - (PP) JONATHAN TOEWS 16 (PATRICK KANE, CAM BARKER) 16:15

    Blackhawks 3, Sharks 1  2nd - 3:45Feb 1 12:00 AM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    SAN JOSE 1
    2ND PRD: CHI - (SH) KRIS VERSTEEG 14 (DAVE BOLLAND) 7:56

    Blackhawks 2, Sharks 1  2nd - 12:04Jan 31 11:46 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 1
    SAN JOSE 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - JONATHAN TOEWS 15 (ANDREW LADD, BRIAN CAMPBELL) 0:48
    SAN - (PP) CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF 5 (RYANE CLOWE, JOE PAVELSKI)
    12:06
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHI 9

    Jan 31 11:15 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    SAN JOSE 1 1:05 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Blackhawks 1, Sharks 1  1st - 1:05Jan 31 11:14 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) MILAN MICHALEK 14 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, RYANE CLOWE)
    12:06

    Blackhawks 2, Sharks 1  1st - 7:54Jan 31 11:02 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    SAN JOSE 0
    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 10 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, MARTIN HAVLAT) 10:59

    Blackhawks 2, Sharks 0  1st - 9:01Jan 31 10:55 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    SAN JOSE 0
    1ST PRD: CHI - JONATHAN TOEWS 15 (ANDREW LADD, BRIAN CAMPBELL) 0:48

    Blackhawks 1, Sharks 0  1st - 19:12Jan 31 10:41 PM