Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Sharks 1

February, 15, 2013
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Friday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks were too much for the Sharks at both ends of the ice Friday. The Blackhawks scored four times on Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, who entered the game with a 1.74 goals-against average. Dave Bolland, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw and Niklas Hjalmarsson scored for the Blackhawks. In the second period, the Blackhawks scored twice and outshot the Sharks 17-8. Hawks goaltender Ray Emery allowed just one goal on 28 shots and improved to 4-0-0 on the season. Tim Kennedy scored the Sharks’ lone goal.

Player of the game: Kruger scored a goal, dished off an assist on Hjalmarsson’s goal and played a key part in the team’s penalty kill again. He helped the Blackhawks kill off 3:24 of a consecutive Sharks power play in the second period.

What it means: The Blackhawks have yet to not register a point in a game this season. They improved to 11-0-3 with an NHL-leading 25 points with Friday’s victory. The Blackhawks’ power-play goal in the second period had to be a pleasant sight for coach Joel Quenneville. They went into Friday’s game with three power-play goals in their previous 29 opportunities. For the Sharks, Friday’s defeat extended their losing streak to seven games. They have scored three goals in their past four games.

What’s next: The Blackhawks continue their seven-game homestand with the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. The Blackhawks have five games remaining on the homestand.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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