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The San Jose Sharks hope to break out of their funk following the All-Star break when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

After winning seven of nine heading into the break, the Sharks (33-18-1) are just 1-2-1 since the layoff, including losses in their last three games. The last two defeats came at home to Dallas, which now trails San Jose by only three points in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks allowed the Stars to score two first-period goals in Thursday's 4-2 loss, their season-high third straight at home. San Jose, which owns the NHL's best power-play unit, went scoreless in six opportunities and is in a 1-for-32 slump with the man advantage.

In the back-to-back losses to Dallas, the Sharks were outscored 3-0 in the third period.

"We get down in a hurry, and we've got some people who look like they're trying to do the right things, and it's just awful," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "Why, all of a sudden, we go from great to awful in 48 hours. It's unbelievable."

In their last seven games, the Sharks are 3-0-0 when All-Star Joe Thornton scores a goal and 0-3-1 when he doesn't.

"You need everybody on the ice working together, and we haven't had that the last couple of games," captain Patrick Marleau said. "When you have three guys working together and two guys doing something else out there on the ice, it doesn't work."

The Sharks, playing the third game of a four-game homestand, head out on a season-high eight-game road trip after hosting Chicago (19-25-7) and Anaheim on Tuesday. The Sharks trail the Pacific-leading Ducks by five points.


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First Period Summary

CHICAGO 1 @ SAN JOSE 1 1ST

SCORING SUMMARY

01:54 SHG - MARCEL GOC, Slap Shot - Assists: PATRICK RISSMILLER and VESA TOSKALA

09:02 TUOMO RUUTU, Slap Shot - Assists: PATRICK SHARP and JAMES WISNIEWSKI

PENALTY SUMMARY

00:39 BELL, M. : Interference - 2 min

05:44 SHARP, P. : Holding - 2 min

12:56 KEITH, D. : Interference - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Chicago 6 - San Jose 12
 

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Second Period Summary

CHICAGO 2 @ SAN JOSE 3 2ND

SCORING SUMMARY

11:14 MARTIN HAVLAT, Slap Shot - Assists: TUOMO RUUTU and BRYAN SMOLINSKI

14:51 PATRICK MARLEAU, Slap Shot - Assists: RYANE CLOWE and JOE THORNTON

PENALTY SUMMARY

02:14 AUCOIN, A. : Hi-sticking - 2 min

03:07 CLOWE, R. : Hi-sticking - 2 min

17:32 WISNIEWSKI, J. : Holding - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Chicago 9 - San Jose 12
 

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Third Period Summary & Final Score

CHICAGO 2 @ SAN JOSE 4 F

SCORING SUMMARY

11:54 MILAN MICHALEK, Backhand - Assists: JONATHAN CHEECHOO

PENALTY SUMMARY

03:56 SEABROOK, B. : Holding the stick - 2 min

13:53 SALMELAINEN, T. : Hooking - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Chicago 7 (22) - San Jose 6 (31)
 

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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau tallied the game-winning goal, as the San Jose Sharks downed the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at the Shark Tank.

Vesa Toskala made 20 saves and recorded two assists, becoming the first goaltender in San Jose history to record two points in a game.

Marcel Goc, Curtis Brown and Milan Michalek all scored for the Sharks, who ended a three-game slide.

Nikolai Khabibulin allowed four goals on 31 shots for the Blackhawks, who were attempting to win their third straight. Tuomo Ruutu and Martin Havlat scored in the loss for Chicago.

The Sharks scored a short-handed goal just 1:54 into the contest to take an early lead. Patrick Rissmiller chased down a loose puck behind the Chicago net and slid the disc out in front to Goc, who backhanded the feed into the top left corner of the net.

Chicago evened the score at 1-1 after Ruutu fired a wrister from the left circle past Toskala on the near side at 9:02 of the first. The goal was Ruutu's 12th of the season.

With 1:15 left in the first period, Brown gave San Jose a 2-1 lead after lifting a loose puck just outside the crease over the left shoulder of Khabibulin.

At 11:14 of the middle session, Havlat tied the game at 2-2 with his 17th goal of the campaign.

With 5:09 left in the second, Marleau banged home a rebound on the door step to put the Sharks back in front at 3-2. The tally was Marleau's 27th of the season.

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