Whenever there were an odd number of men on the ice Tuesday night the Blackhawks found trouble.
The San Jose Sharks scored two power-play goals and a short-handed goal and went on to snap the Hawks' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory before a crowd of 17,136 at the HP Pavilion.
"You come into this city and play against a good team you'd like to continue that [winning] streak, especially against a club like that," Jack Skille said. "We played real well and had a lot of chances and their goalie stood on his head. It's a tough loss."
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead at the 4-minute-49-second mark of the first period on Skille's third goal of the season. Skille pounced on a rebound of a Brent Sopel shot and put it past Evgeni Nabokov.
After that it was all San Jose as it scored three straight goals. Sandis Ozolinsh's power-play goal at 13:39 of the first tied it 1-1 and the Sharks took the lead when Joe Pavelski scored short-handed at 13:14 of the second period.
With Ozolinsh in the box for interference, Pavelski scooped up a loose puck, skated in on Patrick Lalime on a breakaway and scored on a back-hander.
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead at 15:58 with a power-play goal by Christian Ehrloff after Rene Bourque was sent off for cross-checking.
The Hawks' Adam Burish scored the first goal of his career to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2. Burish broke in alone and beat Nabokov with a shot to his stick side with 8:42 remaining in the third.
"We let up a short-handed goal and that's tough," Burish said. "And they scored two power-play goals. In this league that's what wins games, special teams."
The Hawks were 0-for-5 on the power play while San Jose was 2-for-7. Nabokov, starting his 44th straight game, improved to 26-15-6 while Lalime, starting his fifth consecutive, dropped to 8-6-1.
Roenick reduxLike an estranged family member, Jeremy Roenick watches the Blackhawks from afar and is comforted by knowing they're doing well.
"Chicago is in my heart forever," said Roenick, who played eight seasons for the Hawks (1988-89 to '95-96). "They were the peak of my years."
Roenick, playing in his 19th season in the NHL and first with the San Jose Sharks, has nine goals and nine assists in 41 games this season.
One-timers Savard said the team is being extra cautious with rookie center Jonathan Toews.
"He's young and probably heals a lot quicker than older players, but he's one of the players key to our franchise," Savard said. "We want to make the playoffs and take a run at this, but at the same time we have to take care of the player first."
Toews is likely three weeks away from returning from a sprained knee suffered Jan. 1.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times