The Chicago Blackhawks ended their five game homestand on a high note, winning 3-1 against the San Jose Sharks.
Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist tonight, his 22nd birthday. He and Anthony Duclair had the assists on Jan Rutta’s opening goal five minutes and forty-six seconds into the second frame. Rutta’s goal, his sixth of the year, leads all Blackhawks defensemen. Schmaltz scored his goal two minutes into the third period, a snapshot dished by Duclair.
The Sharks cut the lead back to one with eight minutes left in the third, courtesy of a Timo Meier goal that was scored from a face off win by Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. Artem Anisimov scored an empty net goal in the dying minutes of the third to seal the deal for the home team.
Jean Francois Berube was spectacular in goal tonight, his first ever start as a Blackhawk. He stopped 41 out of 42 shots on goal. With tonight’s win, the Blackhawks improve to 27-27-8 for the season. They have 62 points, and are 10 points out of the second wildcard spot in the West, with 20 games remaining in the season.
The Blackhawks are right back at it tomorrow night, when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.