Rapid Reaction: Sharks 2, Hawks 1 (SO)

February, 2, 2014
Feb 2
12:24
AM CT
By Dave Fowkes
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

How it happened: The Sharks scored on all three shootout shots to spoil what had otherwise been a superb night by Corey Crawford.

After a scoreless first two periods, all the offense in regulation came in the span of 63 seconds on the same power play in the third period. With Brad Stuart in the penalty box for hooking, Joe Pavelski made his 29th goal of the season a short-handed one. Just more than a minute later, Brandon Saad answered with the power-play goal, converting on a nice cross-ice pass from Kris Versteeg with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle.

Crawford made 38 saves, including a couple of huge stops in the third period and overtime. Antti Niemi had 29 saves for the Sharks.

What it means: With the point, the Blackhawks have 80 on the season and retain a one-point lead in the Central Division over the St. Louis Blues, who beat the Nashville Predators earlier Saturday.

Player of the game: Pavelski, who scored a short-handed goal for a team that now has two regulation goals in its past four games, and added the Sharks' first shootout goal.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Chicago has not allowed a power-play goal since a Jan. 14 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche -- a streak of 22 consecutive power plays killed off.

What’s next: It is on to Southern California for the Blackhawks for the next four days. Chicago plays at the Los Angeles Kings on Monday and at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

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