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Chicago Blackhawks News » News » Sharks take down Chicago 6-5
Sharks take down Chicago 6-5
Sharks take down Chicago 6-5
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 line-up 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 that was both thrilling 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 and is now 8-for-15 in its last two games.

"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, whereas Boyle was a regular short-handed presence.

The Sharks had a 1-0 lead on their first shot when Michalek beat Blackhawk goalie Cristobal Huet. But the Blackhawks evened the score 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.

The short-handed 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 in Chicago.

San Jose surrendered the next three goals. Standing behind the net, Versteeg took advantage of an out-of-position Boucher to bounce the puck in off the goalie's outstretched stick. Then Campbell went to work, setting up Cam Barker at the blue line and Patrick Kane at the side of the San Jose net with power play goals 18 seconds apart that gave Chicago a 5-4 lead going into the third.

Boyle's second power play goal made it 5-5 one minute into the final period and Setoguchi's blast from the blue line at 15:45 held up as the winner.

"It was ugly,'' Boucher said, "but we got the win.''



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 19, 2008

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