It was more of the same and then there somethings you won’t see again for a couple of years all in one game in Chicago Friday night. The Blackhawks on the first shift looked a lot faster and more skilled than the San Jose Sharks and that thought didn’t change until the final horn sounded. The Sharks after a hot start are struggling to score goals so when the Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a strange looking bad bounce goal by Marcus Kruger you would have to think the writing was on the wall for the Sharks on this Friday night in the WindyCity.
The thing most people will remember about this game is that Jonathan Toews dropped the gloves against Joe Thornton which was Toews first fight since 2010. Toews was already going to the penalty box for cross checking Thornton, but Toews decided to fight Thornton. The Hawks fought off the 4 minute power play and when it was four on four Dave Bolland put in his own rebound to open up the scoring at the very end of the first period.
After a Sharks goal Andrew Shaw hacked in a rebound on a rare power play goal and a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd period. The third period was pretty listless as the Sharks offense is not very good right now because the stars are not producing and the lower lines are not as talented as the Hawks bottom lines.
The win gives extends the Hawks record to 11-0-3 and they are closing in on the all-time record held by the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks and their 12-0-4 start (which ended up with the Ducks holding the Cup).
Ray Emery stepped in for the injured Corey Crawford and played very good giving up one goal and making a couple big saves but generally had an uneventful night and collecting the win and improving his record to 4-0 early on this season.
Marcus Kruger scored his 3rd goal in 5 games.
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