The Chicago Blackhawks were on the wrong end of a feeding frenzy last night, losing 7-2 to the San Jose Sharks.
The Blackhawks actually got that “all-important” first goal of the game, courtesy of Artem Anisimov going top shelf against Martin Jones. The Sharks got two unanswered goals after that, with Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture capitalizing on Hawks mistakes on the ice.
The second period was all Sharks, scoring four unanswered goals (Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier, Pavelski, Mac Edouard-Vlasic). Apart from the Vlasic goal, which was scored as a power play opportunity by San Jose just expired, all the goals the Sharks scored in the second frame came from odd-man rushes. San Jose fully capitalized on every Blackhawks mistake and turnover. The Blackhawks, for their part, had two glorious chances to get back in the game. Anthony Duclair was not able to convert on a one-on-one with Jones. Later in the period, Patrick Sharp failed to score on an empty net opportunity.
Melker Karlsson opened the scoring for the Sharks early in the third frame. Nick Schmaltz scored on Jones in the waning seconds of the game.
Starter JF Berube had a miserable night on goal, giving up six goals on 28 shots. Anton Forsberg finished the third period for the visitors, giving up one goal on six shots. The Blackhawks defensemen had a particularly rough night as well. Duncan Keith, Carl Dahlstrom and Jordan Oesterle were all -3 for the night. Blackhawks rookie Matthew Highmore finished his debut with 12:33 TOI, 2 shots on goal and a -3.
The California road trip continues for these Blackhawks Saturday afternoon, when they face the Los Angeles Kings.