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Rapid Reaction: Sharks 5, Hawks 3

2/11/2012

Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' loss in San Jose on Friday.

How it happened: The Hawks tied it at 3-3 early in the third period on a Bryan Bickell goal, but San Jose regained the lead for the third time in the game when Corey Crawford couldn’t recover in time to stop a Benn Ferriero shot. The Hawks fought back after falling behind 2-0 thanks to two Marcus Kruger goals in the second period, but a turnover by Viktor Stalberg and break the other way resulted in a Joe Thornton score as Dylan Olsen tried to swipe at the puck on a centering pass. Instead of knocking it away he knocked it into his net for the goal. San Jose scored twice on the power play in the first period after a high sticking call on Michael Frolik and then later a scrum produced an extra penalty for the Hawks. On both man advantage scores Marian Hossa allowed point shots to get through to the net causing rebound type goals for San Jose. The Sharks iced it with a third power-play goal later in the third period. The Hawks played well in the second but never led in the game.

What it means: It’s a seventh consecutive loss and there are no moral victories to this one. And there are no excuses for Hossa’s lack of effort on the penalty kill. On the first shot, he came at the point from an angle allowing a good shooting lane. On the second he stood deep in the zone, near the crease, allowing another lane to shoot. Kruger’s goals this year have come from in front of the net and he did it twice in the span of three minutes but that was about the only good news in the game. Again, a breakdown at the offensive blue line resulted in a goal while the winning one was scored because yet another point shot go to the net causing Crawford to be out of position on the initial save. Crawford was caught scrambling all night long and it cost him. The Hawks haven’t kept an opponent under three goals since Jan. 20. The beat goes on.

What’s next: The Hawks take on the red hot Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale on Saturday night to complete the second leg of thie rnin game road trip. They’re 0-4-1 through five games.