CHICAGO - Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves, and Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight win, 3-2, over the Chicago Blackhawks last night.
Dany Heatley and Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks, who moved ahead of the Blackhawks into first place in the Western Conference, and snapped Chicago's four-game overall and five-game home winning streaks.
Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who outshot the Sharks by a 47-14 margin.
Chicago's Cristobal Huet made 11 saves, but his shutout streak ended at 143 minutes, 31 seconds when Heatley opened the scoring 3:18 into the first. Huet had 3-0 shutouts in his two previous starts.
Huet had not permitted a goal since Buffalo's Clarke MacArthur beat him late in the second period of the Sabres' 2-1 win on Dec. 11.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan had reassembled a line of top forwards Heatley, Thornton and Patrick Marleau to help spark San Jose to a 4-2 win at Dallas on Monday. McLellan kept the trio together against Chicago and it paid off.
San Jose 1 1 1 – 3
Chicago 0 0 2 – 2
First period: 1, San Jose, Heatley 22 (D.Boyle), 3:18. Penalties: Ortmeyer, SJ (holding), 1:15; Clowe, SJ (tripping), 12:08; Demers, SJ (tripping), 14:57; Brouwer, Chi (hooking), 16:00; Chicago bench, served by Versteeg (too many men), 19:20; Thornton, SJ (interference), 19:51.
Second period: 2, San Jose, Thornton 10 (Pavelski), 5:10 (sh). Penalties: McLaren, SJ, major (fighting), 3:43; McGinn, SJ (tripping), 3:43; Bickell, Chi, major (fighting), 3:43; Sharp, Chi (roughing), 8:07; Huskins, SJ (hooking), 10:31; Byfuglien, Chi (goaltender interference), 17:00.
Third period: 3, Chicago, Kane 11 (Hossa), 4:10. 4, San Jose, Demers 2 (Thornton, Marleau), 4:30. 5, Chicago, Hossa 6 (Kane, Keith), 18:09. Penalties: Brouwer, Chi (high-sticking), 5:38; Thornton, SJ (cross-checking), 13:09; Blake, SJ (roughing), 17:06; Toews, Chi (roughing), 17:06.
Shots on Goal–San Jose 4-3-7–14. Chicago 15-11-21–47. Power-play opportunities: San Jose 0 of 5; Chicago 0 of 7.
Goalies: San Jose, Nabokov 19-5-7 (47 shots-45 saves). Chicago, Huet 16-8-2 (14-11).
A: 21,614 (19,717). T–2:22.
Referees: Steve Kozari, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen: Andy McElman, Dan Schachte.