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Hawks come up short against Sharks
Why stop at one penalty when taking two is so easy now?
That seems to be the philosophy of the Blackhawks, who have made a habit of taking another penalty when already short-handed.
"We know [the referees] are going to call them, so we have to be smarter," winger Matthew Barnaby said.
Yet despite giving up one goal Friday night in Colorado while down two men and another just seconds after being down two goals, the Hawks were right back at it Saturday night against the Sharks.
Mark Bell took a slashing penalty 37 seconds after Tyler Arnason was called for hooking.
The Hawks were able to kill off that disadvantage but already have given up three goals while being being down two men through just five games.
After a shootout victory Friday, the Hawks tried to make it two in a row Saturday night against the Sharks. But they came up short 4-3. Jason Morgan, Barnaby and Matt Ellison scored for the Hawks (2-4), but a scoreless third period gave San Jose the victory.
Craig Anderson made his first start of the season and gave up his first goal on the first shot he saw. Marco Sturm was left alone in the slot, and though Anderson appeared to have Sturm's shot in his pads, it trickled over the goal line.
San Jose took a 2-0 lead after Anderson couldn't control a long shot by Sturm. After turning aside a pair of rebound chances, Jonathan Cheechoo finally put it past Anderson.
It was an inauspicious debut for Anderson--two goals on the first five shots. Hawks coach Trent Yawney is hoping his backup goaltender can play at least .500 this season in 15 to 20 games.
After Morgan's goal cut the Sharks' lead to 2-1 late in the first, the Hawks tied it on a bizarre play early in the second. Barnaby's backhand went past Evgeni Nabokov and through the net, which had come off its moorings in the back.
The play continued--with Barnaby claiming a goal--and continued for another 2:24 until Morgan took a penalty. After referee Dave Jackson checked the video replay, the Hawks were awarded the goal.