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Sharks top Blackhawks in SO

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Logan Couture and  Joe Pavelski scored in 
the  shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, on 
Sunday. 

Jason  Demers and Brent Burns scored in regulation for the Sharks, who snapped 
a six-game skid against the Blackhawks in Chicago. 

Alex Stalock stopped 33-of-35 shots for San Jose. 

Niklas  Hjalmarsson  and Michal Rozsival lit  the lamp for the Blackhawks, who 
have  recorded  at least a  point in 10  straight games. Corey Crawford turned 
aside 40-of-42 shots. 

"We  didn't really  start the way we wanted to," Chicago forward Kris Versteeg 
said.  "We  came out  in the  third and really  played our  game. I thought we 
worked  hard.  Could've drawn maybe a  couple more penalties, but that was the 
way the game went and we just had to fight through it." 

The  Sharks  drew first blood  at the 10:12 mark  of the first period. Couture 
controlled  the puck  behind the net and  slid a pass in front for Demers, who 
scored from the right circle. 

A  scoreless  second stanza belonged  to the goaltenders. Crawford and Stalock 
made 15 and 12 saves, respectively. 

Hjalmarsson's shot from the slot tied the game at 1:27 of the third frame. 

The Blackhawks  took the lead at  4:01 when Rozsival's slapper from the right 
point got past Stalock. 

Burns  lit the lamp  at 11:10 to make it a 2-2 game. Joe Thornton gathered the 
puck  at  the side of the  net and slid a  pass to Burns, who chipped the disc 
past Crawford. 

"In  my opinion,  [Chicago] and [the Anaheim  Ducks] are the best two teams in 
the  [Western Conference], so to come in here in their building and beat them, 
it's a huge feather in our cap," Thornton said. 

Crawford and Stalock each made three saves in overtime. 

Stalock stopped Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews in the shootout. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Blackhawks fell  to 15-2-6  at  home this  season ...  Couture came  into 
Sunday's  game  with a  goal in four  straight games ...  San Jose was without 
forward Tim Kennedy (flu) ... There was just one penalty in the game. 

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