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Sharks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout (w/video)

  • Sharks left wing Matt Nieto, left, breaks away with the puck during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks in San Jose. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton capped San Jose's perfect shootout with a nifty move past Corey Crawford that helped the Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Joe Pavelski scored a short-handed goal in regulation and opened the shootout with a goal and Patrick Marleau also scored in the tiebreaker for the Sharks, who have won eight of their past nine shootouts. Antti Niemi made 29 saves and stopped Patrick Sharp in the second round of the shootout.

Brandon Saad scored a power-play goal and Crawford made 38 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost five of six games as they limp toward the Olympic break.

After Pavelski and Marleau scored in the first two rounds of the shootout, Thornton ended it when he dragged the puck around Crawford and knocked it in the empty net. Thornton has scored on all three shootout attempts this season after not even attempting one the previous three seasons.

The teams traded goals early in the third during a Chicago power play with Brad Stuart off for hooking Patrick Kane.

Pavelski got the scoring started with a short-handed goal after a bad breakout pass from Sharp. Scott Hannan quickly sent the puck back to Pavelski, who knocked the pass down, skated past Duncan Keith and beat Crawford high for his 29th goal.

Just over a minute later, Saad answered late in the power play after Justin Braun failed to clear the puck from the defensive zone. Kris Versteeg fed Saad, who beat Niemi for his 18th goal. That was Chicago's third power-play goal in two games after having just one the previous seven.

Crawford kept the game tied when he made a pad save at the goal line on a one-timer by Stuart, and the Blackhawks killed a late penalty to force overtime. San Jose is 0-for-16 on the power play the past six games.

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