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Blackhawks use late surge to rout Sharks 6-2

Chicago scored two power-play goals against San Jose’s No. 1 penalty-killing unit.

San Jose Sharks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks gained ground in the Western Conference wild card race with a 6-2 win against the Sharks on the back of three goals in the second and third periods on Wednesday at United Center.

Chicago pulled within six points of the Predators and Canucks for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Surprisingly, the Blackhawks’ 30th-ranked power play scored twice against San Jose’s No. 1 ranked penalty kill. Chicago was 0-for-14 on the power play in its past five games.

Alex DeBrincat had three assists, Patrick Kane scored twice and Jonathan Toews, Alex Nylander and Duncan Keith each had two points as well. Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his 10th straight start.

Defenseman Nicolas Beaudin and forward Brandon Hagel made their NHL debuts for Chicago. Beaudin had two shots on goal and two blocks in 17:01 on the top pairing with Duncan Keith, while Hagel had four shots on goal and one takeaway in 11:48.

How it Happened

Evander Kane scored on a deflection on the power play for his 26th goal of the season to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 10:49 in the first period.

The Blackhawks responded at 4:33 when Keith’s shot from the point went past Aaron Dell, who was screened by Kirby Dach.

Exactly 12 minutes later, Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the night with a tap-in on the power play to take a 2-1 lead.

A little over 90 seconds later, Brandon Saad scored his 21st goal of the season, also off the pass from DeBrincat:

Nylander scored 1:31 into the third period, banking his shot off the post on the reception of a pass from Dylan Strome.

Timo Meier cut the deficit to 4-2 at 6:39 when he lifted a shot over Crawford’s glove.

Kane scored his second on a rebound for a 5-2 lead at 16:19 before Kubalik scored from the slot at 18:03 for his 30th goal of the season. Kubalik leads the team with 25 goals at even strength.

Game Charts

Puck possession game flow (5-on-5)
Shot heat map (all situations)

Three Stars

1. Alex DeBrincat (CHI) — Three assists, three shots, two takeaways

2. Patrick Kane (CHI) — Two goals, 11 shots, one block

3. Duncan Keith (CHI) — One goal, one assist, two takeaways

What’s next

Stay tuned. The NHL is expected to have an update Thursday after the NBA suspended its season earlier Wednesday night. The Blackhawks are scheduled to practice at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Arena before they play the Senators at 7:30 p.m. Friday at United Center.