Sharp rammed in a rebound off Tomas Kopecky's point-blank attempt on the power play, sending defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago to its first win at home this season after two losses. He converted two of his three shots to give him four goals in two nights.
"The puck's just going in," said Sharp, who had two goals on 13 shots in a 5-2 win at Columbus on Friday night. "It was a little different game, a little more intense than we've had up to this point in the season."
"I thought we rose to the occasion pretty good," he added. "I thought we stood up for ourselves there and got better as the game went on."
"There are no perfect games. We strive for them, but that was pretty far from it," Turco said. "We weren't our best in the first, but as the game went on, we just kept getting better and better.
"We got some timely big goals, big plays, tons of blocks and huge penalty kills, especially near the end. Those are the things you're going to have to do in order to win and be successful."
And Turco, who signed as a free agent over the summer to replace playoff hero Antti Niemi, was a huge part of the equation.
"I thought that was a goalie win," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Over the course of the year you get a few and that's one of them. I thought he made several key saves, particularly as we went down the stretch."
The Sabres, who lost to Montreal at home on Friday night, controlled the first period and led 2-1 after 20 minutes.
After Buffalo took the first seven shots, Sharp scored on Chicago's first attempt at 6:25. He finished a 2-on-1 break with Kane with his fourth goal of the season.
The rush was set up when Kane pounced on a turnover by Buffalo's Tyler Myers at the Sabres' blue line and raced the length of the ice.
The Sabres responded immediately, scoring twice in 15 seconds.
Stafford beat Turco at 6:52, converting a backhander off a rebound of Steve Montador's drive from the right circle. Gaustad's goal at 7:07 withstood a video review and made it 2-1.
Turco stopped Gaustad's shot from the left circle, but Chicago rookie defenseman Nick Leddy knocked the puck in with his skate as he and Buffalo's Nathan Gerbe drove to and collided with the net.
Hossa tied it at 1:04 of the second when he broke in alone from just outside the Buffalo blue line after taking Brent Seabrook's pass from deep in the Chicago zone.
McCormick put Buffalo in front again with 2:45 left in the second. He was left uncovered in front of the net, and jammed Jochen Hecht's feed under Turco.
Pominville missed his third game with a concussion suffered in the collision with Hjalmarsson. Buffalo D Shaone Morrisonn missed the game with a groin injury. ... Chicago D Jordan Hendry and RW Jack Skille were healthy scratches.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Steve Kozari, Tim Peel Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 21,293 (108.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrick Sharp (4)
Assist: Patrick Kane
Drew Stafford (2)
Assists: Steve Montador, Thomas Vanek
Paul Gaustad (1)
Assist: Patrick Kaleta
Marian Hossa (5)
Assist: Brent Seabrook
Cody McCormick (1)
Assists: Jochen Hecht, Tim Connolly
Dave Bolland (1)
Assists: Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith
Patrick Sharp (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Tomas Kopecky, Patrick Kane