It might be a little too soon to call it a Western Conference finals preview, but the much-anticipated game between the Sharks and Blackhawks, who are both off to fast starts this season, didn’t disappoint. With goals from Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels in the first 5:18, the Sharks had an early lead, but the scoring was far from over. By the time the period was completed, there were six goals total. Patrick Kane’s fifth and sixth goals of the season later in the game won it for the Blackhawks, 5-3. It was a game that featured offense, a major penalty that shouldn’t have been a major penalty (Andrew Desjardins’ match penalty for a hit on Jamal Mayers has already been overruled) and ultimately another Blackhawks win. Chicago now has a three-point lead on San Jose atop the Western Conference standings.
12dEmily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski