Hawks harpoon the Sharks 6-2

The Hawks and the Sharks faced off in a matinee tilt with both teams coming in needing points in the competitive Western Conference but for different reasons. The Hawks wanted to gain points looking to possibly stay within striking distance of the division lead and keeping those in the rear view mirror way far behind in the mirror. The Sharks are outside the playoffs and needed the points more than the Hawks but perhaps they are the team with the internal turmoil in the organization with cross words between management and Joe Thornton being waged in the media.

The Hawks also continued on the Fathers trip and maybe they want to keep the dads for a while, because this game was exactly the type of game the Hawks needed. Scoring has been hard lately for the team but not on this day. There was very little that did not work well for the Hawks. The power play was rolling, Patrick Sharp scored a couple of goals, Corey Crawford was tested early and in usual Crawford fashion was stellar keeping his team in early and even picked up an assists, defensively the team was solid. The coaches have to be pleased with this game.

The Sharks had the Hawks barraged early and it was Crawford that kept his team in the game. It was the Hawks that scored first when Patrick Sharp found the back of the net not on his first try but on his second try. Sharp scored another goal later as well on the power play. Sharp just needed to get some good positioning by the net and he’ll keep scoring. Sharps first goal was an even strength goal that was assisted by Antoine Vermette that is the first point for Vermette in a Hawks uniform hopefully the first of many.

The Sharks tied the game on an unfortunate turn of events when Marcus Kruger broke his stick and left to get a new stick which left the middle of the zone open and Melker  Karlsson tied it up at one apiece which is how the period ended.

The second period saw an exchange of power play goals one by each of the clubs. Duncan Keith had a blast through an Andrew Shaw screen from the top of the near face-off circle. Joe Thornton scored the Sharks power play goal on an unfortunate tip off of Brent Seabrook’s stick that jumped past Crawford which tied the game at 2-2 and that is how the second period ended.

The third period saw the Hawks bust everything open with four goals by Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Patrick Sharp and an empty net goal by Marian Hossa to seal the win for the Hawks.

On the Saad goal it was a perfect textbook goal for a couple of reasons. The breakout of the Hawks from their zone and the passing was perfect. Goalie Corey Crawford made a pass to Teuvo Teravainen who in turn made another perfect pass to spring the NOS injected speeding Saad free to get Niemi alone and put the Hawks up for good.

The Bickell goal is proof if you get to the middle of ice and get to the slot the puck will find you and Brad Richards made sure to find Bryan Bickell and he did not miss. 

The power play went two for four and in back to back games have scored multiple goals so whatever the Hawks are now doing they need to continue because it is working. Brent Seabrook had a couple of assists and four blocked shots in the game, Corey Crawford picked up his first assist of the year and stopped 33 of 35 shots. Hats off  as well to Patrick Sharp at +3 in the game as well. He had an all around very good game.

The Hawks return to action on Tuesday at the United Center against a very good New York Islanders team but the Hawks have to be happy leaving San Jose with this game and effort.

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Three Stars of the game:

1.    P. Sharp

 2.    B. Richards

3.    C. Crawford

 Next game Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. CT vs the New York Islanders watch on CSN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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