With 44 shots and a steady stream of scoring chances, the Sharks
were bound to get at least one fortunate goal -- and Marleau's
second power-play score turned out to be the difference in the
Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
Less than 3 minutes after Marleau snapped San Jose's 0-for-12
power-play drought in the second period, he added another goal on
what seemed to be an exceptional shot past Anderson's short side
moments after a 5-on-3 advantage ended.
Not true, Marleau said: He was simply trying to maintain the
pressure that's necessary to win in the new NHL.
"With those new rules, you can't sit back and protect a lead,"
said Marleau, who has four goals and two assists in San Jose's five
games. "You've got to keep going after it, keep gunning and trying
to score whenever you can."
Despite an impressive effort from Anderson, who stopped 40 shots
in his first start of the season, Chicago fell to 1-4-3-1 in its
last nine trips to the Shark Tank.
"I've never seen 15 or 16 more shots in a game before,"
Anderson said of the Blackhawks' 44-27 shot disadvantage.
"Forty-four, that tires you out. But the more shots you see, the
sharper you are."
The power play was the only aspect of San Jose's attack that
hasn't worked well this season: The Sharks were 3-for-29 with the
man-advantage before Marleau's first goal.
Sharks coach Ron Wilson praised Anderson's effort, but still
found fault in his team's high-energy effort.
"We didn't move the puck quickly enough against a pressure
team," Wilson said. "Sometimes you need to have games where guys
go off on their plan. Then they realize they can't do it and still
win a game."
Matt Ellison scored his first NHL goal and Jason Morgan got the
second of his career for the Blackhawks, who lost for the third
time in four games. Chicago managed just six shots in the third
period, spending too much time chasing the Sharks instead of
mounting its own attack.
"We have to check smarter when we're in the penalty-kill,"
Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "I thought in the third period,
we had the momentum, but we took a couple of penalties and then the
momentum shifted, and the Sharks got it back."
San Jose went up 2-0 on first-period goals by Sturm and
Cheechoo, who batted the puck out of the air on a rebound.
Matthew Barnaby was awarded a tying goal in the second period --
nearly 2 minutes after he scored it. His quick wraparound shot slid
straight through the goal and out the back because the net was
raised, but the officials didn't immediately realize what happened.
Play continued for at least 90 seconds -- but after video review
at the next stoppage, officials awarded the goal to Barnaby and
reset the clock.
More weirdness was in store: Chicago pulled within 4-3 on
Ellison's goal during a 6-on-5 delayed penalty -- and moments after
Nabokov broke his own stick while slashing a Chicago forward.
Ellison, a fourth-round pick in 2002 with 15 previous games of NHL
experience, slipped the puck past the stickless goalie.
Chicago captain Adrian Aucoin missed his fourth straight
game with a strained groin. ... Stanley Cup-winning G Nikolai
Khabibulin started the Blackhawks' first five games, going 2-3 with
an unimpressive .866 save percentage. ... The Sharks open a
six-game road trip -- their longest of the season -- Monday at