Blackhawks vs. Sharks – NHL Game Recap – October 15, 2022
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sam Lafferty scored shorthanded goals on back-to-back second-period penalties to give coach Luke Richardson his first career victory in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over the Chicago Sharks. San Jose on Saturday night.
“Just good rebounds,” Lafferty said. “Good place, good time and good work from all the guys at PK.”
Jonathan Toews also scored in the second period as the Blackhawks scored three times in 3:14 to erase a two-goal deficit.
Jason Dickinson had a goal and two assists in his Chicago debut, and Taylor Raddysh also scored to give the Blackhawks their first win in three games this season. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves.
“We were really good in the first half of the first half and then I think we thought maybe it was coming a little too easily,” Richardson said. “We took our foot off the pedal and had a few scrambling areas that they ended up capitalizing on. We kind of went to the locker room after the first one and just chatted with the guys. Congratulations to all the leaders in this room. I haven’t said too much.
Nico Sturm and Erik Karlsson scored for the Sharks, who lost the first four games of the season for the third time in franchise history. Kaapo Kahkonen made 20 saves.
“I think we have more character in this play than we show on the ice,” Karlsson said.
San Jose was in good shape after the first period before a shoddy turnover and power play resulted in another loss for Sharks first-year coach David Quinn.
Toews threw it after Mario Ferraro turned it around trying to get out of the Sharks’ defensive zone. He passed Karlsson and beat Kahkonen for his second goal of the season.
Then with Andreas Athanasiou in the box for holding, Jason Dickinson put Lafferty alone in front for the shorthanded tying goal.
Connor Murphy was sent off for cross-checking with 6 seconds left on Athanasiou’s penalty, then after killing the short 5v3 advantage, Lafferty scored again on a rebound from a Dickinson shot.
Lafferty became the first Blackhawks player to score two shorthanded goals in the same game since Rene Bourque did so on February 28, 2008 against Dallas.
“Our power play needs to be a lot more efficient and play power play hockey,” Quinn said.
The Sharks took over 11 minutes to get their first shot on goal but still managed to take a 2-0 lead after the first period through Karlsson.
Karlsson patiently made a cross pass to set up Sturm for the first goal, then his shot from the point was deflected off a defender’s stick to make it 2-0 with 37.2 seconds left in the period.
TRIBUTE TO WILSON
The Sharks paid tribute to their former general manager and first captain Doug Wilson in a pre-game ceremony that included a tribute video and a banner raised in his honor.
Wilson helped make San Jose a perennial contender in his 19 seasons. The Sharks have the third-most regular-season wins in that span and made five trips to the conference finals and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2016 when San Jose lost to Pittsburgh in six games.
Wilson resigned last year for medical reasons and said he was not yet ready to return to full-time work.
Wilson played his first 14 seasons in Chicago before joining the expansion Sharks in 1991. Players on both teams wore No. 24 jerseys with Wilson’s name on your back during warm-ups.
Blackhawks: Host Detroit on Friday in the home opener.
Sharks: Visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
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