NHL: Kane leads Blackhawks to 5-3 win over Sharks

AP, SAN JOSE, California

Thu, Feb 07, 2013 - Page 20

Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal after a fight midway through the second period, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.

Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the only team yet to lose in regulation this season. Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, who have lost three straight following a franchise-record seven-game winning streak to open the season. Antti Niemi made 26 saves.


In Newark, New Jersey, David Clarkson scored twice and set up New Jersey’s other goal, while Patrik Elias matched his career best with three assists to lead the Devils over New York in their first meeting since last spring’s Eastern Conference finals.

The Devils won that series in six games and they still had the Rangers’ number in getting 24 saves from Martin Brodeur.

Rangers nemesis Adam Henrique ended that series with an overtime goal in Game 6, and he picked up right where he left off, scoring in close five minutes after the opening faceoff to give the Devils a lead they would never lose.

Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who have yet to jell this season, despite adding scoring star Rick Nash. Henrik Lundqvist had 19 saves.


In Uniondale, New York, James Neal staked Pittsburgh to an early lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury and the rest of the Penguins then held on to beat the Islanders.

In other NHL action, it was:

‧ Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2

‧ Flames 4, Red Wings 1

‧ Flyers 2, Lightning 1

‧ Senators 4, Sabres 3

‧ Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2

‧ Predators 6, Blues 1

‧ Jets 3, Panthers 2, OT