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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Sharks 3

By ESPNChicago.com



Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday.

How it happened: Both teams came into Tuesday’s matchup struggling to score as of late, but that trend was quickly changed in the opening period. The Sharks began the night by scoring two goals within the first 5 minutes. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad put his team on the board with his first career goal at 10:08. Thirty-nine seconds later, the Sharks went up 3-1. Eight seconds later, Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks. Forty-two seconds later, Marcus Kruger tied the game with another goal for the Blackhawks. After such an offensive period, both teams settled down from there on out. The Blackhawks scored the game-winner in the second period when Jonathan Toews stole the puck near the Sharks’ net, passed it to Patrick Kane and Kane converted his third goal in as many games. Kane added an empty-net goal in the final minutes.

Player of the game: Toews did it offensively and defensively in the win. He had four takeaways and two assists.

What it means: The Blackhawks distinguished themselves as the NHL’s premier team at this point of the season. The Blackhawks remain the only team to have registered a point in every game. They have an 8-0-2 record and 18 points through 10 games. Even more impressive, the Blackhawks have played eight road games so far. Tuesday was the first game Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed more than two goals this season. He still made 30 saves and improved to 6-0-2 on the year.

What’s next: The Blackhawks have two games remaining on their six-game road trip. They travel to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday and close it out with the Nashville Predators on Sunday.