Sharks limit Blackhawks to 21 shots, hang on to end losing streak
- The San Jose Sharks ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at SAP Center on Tuesday.
- Timo Meier had a goal and an assist for San Jose (5-10-1), which limited Chicago to 21 shots on goal but had to hang on for the win after the Blackhawks scored twice late.
“It’s nice to win, it’s nice to get that feeling to win,” Sharks captain Logan Couture said.
- Robin Lehner made 28 saves for Chicago (4-7-3), which went 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip, including a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
“Defensively, I think we’ve made some strides in being able to make a few more plays with the puck coming out of our zone,” Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. “It’s just a matter of trying to put it all together here.”
- After Brandon Saad redirected a centering pass from Jonathan Toews past goalie Martin Jones from in close to get Chicago within 3-1 with 3:02 left in the third period, Keith scored on a slap shot from the point with 1:54 remaining to cut it to 3-2.
“Would have liked to be a little tighter there at the end,” Couture said. “That was tough.”
San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said, “We have to be more engaged physically, we have to be harder to play against. We didn’t give them much until late in the third when they put a little bit of pressure on. We worked really hard at it.”
- It was Keith’s 99th NHL goal, one shy of becoming the fourth Blackhawks defenseman to score 100.
- He would join Sharks general manager Doug Wilson (225), Ducks general manager Bob Murray (132) and Brent Seabrook (101). …
- Hertl has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the past 11 games. …
- San Jose scored first for the fifth time in its 16 games. …
- Barclay Goodrow, who had an assist on the Hertl and Meier goals, extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists). …
- Sharks defenseman Radim Simek made his season debut following MCL and ACL surgery after he injured his right knee March 12 against the Jets.
- He was tied with San Jose’s Mario Ferraro for the game high in hits with five in 20:35 of ice time.
Sources & Credits: Ross McKeon / NHL.com, SJ Sharks, CHI Blackhawks