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The Sharks powered past a 2nd period breakdown to beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time in three tries this season. It's refreshing to see the team pull together late instead of bowing to defeat, and as a reward they gather an important two points that put them in 5th place in the West as they head to Los Angeles to play the weary Kings for the second time this week.

The first period was mostly dominated by the Hawks, but the score after 20 was even at one, with goals from Patrick Sharp and Scott Nichol.

The second period featured two Sharks goals from Benn Ferriero and Dany Heatley for a 3-1 lead, only to have it taken away in the last 30 seconds of play on Chicago goals from Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell which evened the score again after 40.

In the third the Sharks battled back, getting a goal from captain Joe Thornton, then an empty netter from Ryane Clowe to seal the deal on a 5-3 win.

Game Notes:

Antti Niemi returned to Chicago for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. He is now 3-0 against his former team, with a GAA of 1.98 and a SV% of .934.

This is the first time the Sharks have ever faced goalie Marty Turco anywhere other than Dallas or San Jose.

Antti Niemi played his 60th career NHL game.

Brandon Mashinter recorded his first career NHL penalty.

Jamie McGinn fired his 150th career NHL shot.

Tommy Wingels played only 3:38 against the Blackhawks, the lowest total of his career.

My Picks For The Sharks 3 Stars:

1: Dany Heatley (goal, assist, 2 shots)
2: Marc Edouard Vlasic (2 assists, +2, 2 shots, 4 blocks)
3: Joe Thornton (goal, +1, 3 shots,
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