Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Sharks 2
Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks comeback win over the Sharks on Sunday night.
How it happened: For the second consecutive game, Patrick Sharp won it in overtime. This time he knocked in a rebound goal of a point shot to get the Hawks the victory. The home team trailed most of the night thanks to goals by Jamie McGinn and Justin Braun while only managing a Marcus Kruger deflection of a Niklas Hjalmarsson shot in the second period. The Hawks had 13 shots through the first 40 minutes but they came alive with a potent third period and overtime. The tying goal came with just over a minute to play when Andrew Brunette tipped home Marian Hossa shot.
What it means: It’s a miracle win. The Hawks were rested and at home while San Jose was playing its third game in four nights -- and doing so having traveled from the West Coast on Friday. Getting 13 shots on goal in the first two periods didn’t tax San Jose, but when the Hawks came hard in the third San Jose didn’t have answer. Joel Quenneville quickly changed lines up but didn’t find much new chemistry with his trios while his star players had uncharacteristic quiet games until very late in regulation and overtime.
What’s next: The Hawks are off until Wednesday when they take on the conference leading Minnesota Wild in St. Paul.