Sharks get the better of the Blackhawks
The San Jose Sharks took the regular season series over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday with a 2-1 shootout victory at the SAP Center.
Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton all scored in the shootout for the hosts who took two out of three from the defending Stanley Cup champions this campaign.
A Brad Stuart 2 minute penalty for hooking early in the third period was responsible for both goals in regulation as Pavelski scored shorthanded and Brandon Saad equalized for the visitors with the veteran defenseman sitting in the box.
The Sharks gained slightly on the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division with the win as they reduced Anaheim’s lead to nine points. Despite a defeat to the visiting Dallas Stars at the Honda Center, however, it would take something of an epic collapse for the Ducks not to grab the top seed in the Western Conference.
The same is true over in the Eastern where the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to lead the Metropolitan Division in a canter while also maintaining the advantage over the Atlantic Division leading Boston Bruins. Saturday the Penguins completed a brief two-game west coast swing with a 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes and now return home to welcome in the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Back in the Central Division the St. Louis Blues took advantage of the Blackhawks slip up in San Jose to move to within a point at the top. Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game at three in the third for the Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and then hit the winner in the resulting shootout.
The Penguins are 1212/1 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Sharks can be backed at 1212/1.
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