Kane pushes Blackhawks past Sharks

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Updated: February 6, 2013

Patrick Kane scored twice to help the Chicago
Blackhawks take a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Marcus Kruger had a goal and an assist while Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw each
scored for the Blackhawks, who have won two straight after dropping their
previous two.

Corey Crawford gave up all three goals on 33 shots for Chicago, which has
garnered at least one point in all 10 games this season.

Michal Handzus and Tommy Wingels each had a goal and an assist and Joe
Pavelski had a goal for the Sharks, who have now dropped their past three
games after opening the season with seven straight wins. Antti Niemi gave up
four goals on 30 shots in the loss.

The scoring came fast and furious in the first period as the two sides each
scored three times before the game was 12 minutes old.

San Jose opened the game with a goal from Pavelski as he beat Crawford with a
wrister just 2:54 in, and Wingels made it a 2-0 game at the 5:18 mark on his
first of the season.

Chicago got on the board just past the midway mark of the frame when a pass
from the slot by Brent Seabrook went to the low right side and Saad swept it
in for his first career goal.

The Sharks quickly got one back as Wingels sent a pass from the right point to
the left wing where a skating Handzus beat Crawford with a wrister for a 3-1
lead.

Chicago, though, scored just eight seconds after that on a one-timer from Shaw
off a feed from behind the net by Bryan Bickell and Kruger tied the game just
42 seconds after that with his stuffer.

In the second period, Andrew Desjardins caught Jamal Mayers over the middle
with a shot to the head. That prompted a fight with Duncan Keith and when the
dust settled, Keith was handed with two minors, a major and a game misconduct
while Desjardins was given a major and match penalty.

The Blackhawks took a 4-3 lead with 8:08 to play in the middle frame. With the
puck in the Sharks end, Jonathan Toews lifted the stick of Douglas Murray and
stole the puck to the left of the net. He immediately sent it back over to the
right side where Kane was hovering for a one-timer and his fifth goal of the
year.

San Jose attacked in the third period in an attempt to tie the game, throwing
10 shots on Crawford, but he made the saves and Kane put the puck in the
empty-net inside of a minute to play to seal the win.

Game Notes

Chicago plays at Phoenix on Thursday … San Jose has off until Saturday when
it will host Phoenix … Each team won twice last season, with the home squad
winning each time.