SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- After watching the opposing goalie make
so many saves in the first two periods, Vesa Toskala figured it was
his turn in the third.
Toskala made 14 of his 29 stops in the final period, helping the
San Jose Sharks end a four-game losing streak at home with a 2-1
victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
"We got 30 shots in the first two periods and I thought the
other guy was unbelievable," Toskala said of his counterpart,
Craig Anderson. "I only faced about 10 shots so I spent most of
the time watching him stand on his head. I was still ready,
Toskala is 6-0-2 in his last eight games after beginning the
season with five straight losses.
"We got tentative for the last 25 minutes, but fortunately Tosk
was unbelievable," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "It was a tough
game for him. He didn't see the rubber a lot early and it's hard to
keep your focus."
Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a win
at Phoenix on Tuesday night. They have not won two in a row since
Anderson, who has been with three teams in less than a month,
made 35 saves but fell to 0-3 against the Sharks.
"Anytime you see a lot of shots and only give up two goals,
that's a good night," said Anderson, who had 31 saves in the win
over the Coyotes. "They have a very potent offense."
Steve Bernier set up San Jose's first goal, winning a battle for
the puck with Patrick Sharp behind the net and skating it out
before passing to Marleau, who followed his own shot and slipped
the puck past Anderson on his glove side with 2:47 left in the
"We thought they might be a little tired after playing last
night so we tried to work the defense as much as we could,"
Bernier said. "Patty did a good job of getting his own rebound."
Marleau scored in his second straight after going scoreless in
his six previous games. Bernier got his second career assist, both
on this homestand.
Thornton redirected a puck through Anderson's legs with 2:02
left in the first period, moments after winning a faceoff.
Christian Ehrhoff chased down the puck and passed to Tom Preissing,
who fired the puck toward the goal. Thornton redirected it from
just outside the crease.
"We controlled the game for 35 minutes and should have been up
4, 5 or 6-0," Wilson said. "Then they scored. But we're confident
with Tosk. He stepped right in there."
Calder drove straight at Toskala after taking a pass from Tyler
Arnason and chipped a shot over the goalie's right shoulder using
just his right hand. James Wisniewski earned his first career point
when he was credited with an assist on the play.
"Our goalie kept us in it and we had a ton of chances in the
third period," said Chicago's new captain, Martin Lapointe. "We
just couldn't score."
The Sharks improved to 15-0 when scoring the first two goals of
The Blackhawks were on relatively good behavior. The most
penalized team in the NHL took just 10 penalty minutes before a
fight at the end of the game.
Arnason has four assists in his last five games. ...
Preissing had his first assist in nine games and needs one to match
his season best of 17. ... After playing only road games in
February, the Blackhawks play 10 of their 15 games in March at
home. ... The Sharks have beaten Chicago nine of the last 10
meetings in San Jose. ... Marleau's 11 goals against the Blackhawks
are his most against any team other than Edmonton (12).
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Arena: SAP Center Location: San Jose, California
Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Watson Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 15,187 (86.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrick Marleau (23)
Assist: Steve Bernier
Joe Thornton (19)
Assists: Tom Preissing, Christian Ehrhoff
Kyle Calder (13)
Assists: Tyler Arnason, James Wisniewski