Series (Game 3 of 4)
San Jose leads 3-1
(18-30-7, 43 pts)
(25-21-8, 58 pts)
10:30 PM ET, February 8, 2006
SAP Center, San Jose, California
C. Anderson (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .946
V. Toskala (Sharks - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967
P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0
Chicago (18-29-7) at San Jose (24-21-8) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Christmas was still two weeks
away the last time the Chicago Blackhawks won back-to-back games.
However, the Blackhawks have a shot at repeating the feat
Wednesday when they skate with the San Jose Sharks in the fourth
game of their six-game road trip.
Chicago, which has not won consecutive games since December
7-11, is coming off a 3-1 triumph over Phoenix on Tuesday behind
23 saves from Craig Anderson.
Radim Vrbata and Martin Lapointe tallied 84 seconds apart early
in the second period and Mark Bell scored a third-period goal
for the Blackhawks, who had lost eight of their last nine road
San Jose enters having dropped the first three contests of its
five-game homestand following Monday's 4-3 setback against
Captain Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo
scored for the Sharks, but goaltender Evgeni Nabokov allowed
four goals on 29 shots to pick up the loss.
However, the recent progress of Cheechoo and Nabokov was enough
for San Jose to ink the two to long-term extentions on Tuesday.
Cheechoo received a five-year deal and Nabokov a four-year