CHICAGO—A wild start was followed by a quiet lull and then a big finish from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Toews scored at 2:21 of overtime, and Kane had a goal and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 last night to put a splashy bow on a successful weekend.
Toews skated in with Kane for a 2-on-1 and tipped home a nice pass for his 11th goal.
It was the captain’s third overtime goal of the season.
“I don’t know if they were changing, if they were tired,” Toews noted.
“I think sometimes that’s what it comes down to—if you get caught on a bad change or a bad matchup where you’ve been out there for a long time,” he added.
“We did a good job of keeping our legs fresh and keeping the puck when we didn’t have much.”
Kane scored his 21st goal in the first period to help the defending Stanley Cup champs win for the second-straight day and seventh time in nine games overall.
The star forward has two goals and two assists in three games since his 26-game point streak ended last Tuesday against Colorado.
Next up is a trip to Dallas and a showdown with the Western Conference-leading Stars tomorrow night.
“It’s going to be a fun game,” said Chicago forward Andrew Shaw.
“They’re a high-energy team with a lot of speed and skill.”
Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist for San Jose, which now has dropped eight-of-10.
Tommy Wingels, a native of nearby Evanston, and Joe Pavelski also scored.
San Jose grabbed a 3-2 lead on Pavelski’s 16th goal at 14:45 of the second.
Paul Martin’s shot was tipped by Joe Thornton and got past Chicago centre Dennis Rasmussen before it got to Pavelski in front of the net.
“It was a nice goal at the moment, but we’ve got to find that next one,” Pavelski stressed.
Chicago killed off two penalties in the third before Shaw made a great move to set up his sixth of the season.
The scrappy forward drove to the net and stayed with the puck when Martin Jones tried to poke it away, then beat the goalie into the right side of the net for the tying score at 6:51.
San Jose almost jumped in front again but Corey Crawford made a terrific glove save on a shot by Donskoi with 8:57 to go in the third.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Florida topped Vancouver 5-4 (SO), Tampa Bay beat Ottawa 5-2, Detroit doubled Calgary 4-2, Boston edged New Jersey 2-1 (SO), and Washington dumped the N.Y. Rangers 7-3.