Second-period wrap: Hawks 6, Sharks 3

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are leading the San Jose Sharks 6-3 after two periods at the United Center on Monday.

The Hawks exploded in the middle 20 minutes, scoring a season-high five goals. Marian Hossa scored twice on the power play while Patrick Sharp assisted on four of the five goals.

When Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane got the Hawks’ a fourth goal on a 2-on-1 break, with Toews finishing, it ended Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi's night. The former Hawk gave up four goals on 18 shots in 27:25 of playing time, although the Sharks played poorly in front of him.

The Hawks weren’t done, scoring two more against Antero Niittymaki. One came from Kane’s stick and was his 100th career goal. Toews’ tally was his 30th of the season, setting his career-high in points with 70.

Kane, Tomas Kopecky, Toews, Hossa and Sharp had multiple points in the period. It was arguably the Hawks’ best 20 minutes of the season.