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Chicago Blackhawks News » News » Boyle gets offensive in Sharks win
Boyle gets offensive in Sharks win
Boyle gets offensive in Sharks win
CHICAGO At first it was a game of gift-wrapped goals.


Then it became a battle of the offensive-minded defensemen as the Sharks' Dan Boyle and the Chicago Blackhawks' Brian Campbell the man Boyle replaced in San Jose's lineup put on dazzling displays.

At the end, though, it came down to something more basic, a 51-foot slap shot by right wing Devin Setoguchi that gave San Jose a 6-5 victory in a game on Sunday that was both a thrilling 60 minutes of Hockey and a coach's nightmare.

"If you bought a ticket and sat in the stands, I think it was an exciting game," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "If you're one of the coaches that were involved or even the players it was quite sloppy."

The Sharks rightfully credited their power play with the victory. Setoguchi's goal and three others came with a Blackhawk sitting in the penalty box. San Jose went 4-for-6 on the night and is now 8-for-15 in its past two games.

Still, even that only added to the strangeness of the game.

"There aren't many nights you're going to score on four power plays and win by one goal," McLellan said.

The victory improved San Jose's record to 15-3-1-0. The Sharks got one goal each from Milan Michalek, Joe Thornton, Jeremy Roenick and Devin Setoguchi, plus two from Boyle.

Campbell ended up with one goal, but had the primary assist on two others.

"I don't think it was a Boyle-Campbell fight," Roenick said, "but if it was, I think Boyle came out on top."

Campbell had one more point than Boyle, but Boyle showed more versatility. Campbell was used only sparingly on the penalty kill, for example, while Boyle was a regular short-handed presence.

The Sharks had a 1-0 lead on their first shot when Michalek beat Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet. But the Blackhawks evened things up about eight minutes later when goalie Brian Boucher handed the puck over to Chicago's Kris Versteeg behind the net for an easy short-handed tally.

"Obviously as a goaltender that's the last thing you want to do," Boucher said, "but the guys stuck with it, and Jumbo scored a big goal right after that."

Thornton did score on the same power play, but then Campbell rifled a shot from the right point on a Chicago power play and the first period ended 2-2.

Boyle got his first of two power-play goals at 5:51 of the second period and the Sharks built their lead to 4-2 when Roenick scored his first of the season.

Like Versteeg's, it, too, was short-handed and resulted from a turnover around the net. Chicago defenseman Brent Sopel whiffed on a pass deep in his own zone and Roenick jumped on the loose puck.

"It's nice to get the first one, but it's even better to get it here," said Roenick, who broke into the NHL with the Blackhawks and remains popular here.

Notes: Right wing Mike Grier was held out of the lineup. He had left the Calgary game early with a lower body injury, but practiced Sunday morning. ... Jonathan Cheechoo played for the first time since suffering an upper body injury Nov. 6 against St. Louis. ... Goalie Evgeni Nabokov was out on the ice for only the second time since being hurt in that same game, but didn't participate in the full practice.

Contact David Pollak at dpollak@mercurynews.com



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 17, 2008

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