December 17, 2018 / 3:11 AM / in a month

Sharks overcome slow start, rout Blackhawks

Evander Kane, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks rallied past host Chicago for a 7-3 victory Sunday night.

Five of San Jose’s goals came after Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was forced to leave after hitting the back of his head on the goalpost following a collision.

Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Sharks, who won their fourth straight game. Goaltender Aaron Dell stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief of Martin Jones, who was chased early.

Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini scored for Chicago, which has won just once in its past 11 games (1-9-1).

The Blackhawks led 3-2 in the first when Crawford left with 1:30 remaining in the period. Crawford, a 12-year veteran, suffered a concussion Dec. 23, 2017 at New Jersey that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the first five games of 2018-19.

Couture drove to the net and unleashed a shot as Strome tried to cut him off. Crawford made the save, but Kane plowed into Strome from behind, sending both players crashing into the goalie. Crawford fell backward, hitting his head on the post to his left. Crawford was able to skate off and walk to the locker room under his own power, while Kane received a minor penalty for goaltender interference.

Kane, Goodrow and Couture scored against Chicago’s Cam Ward in the second period to give the Sharks a 5-3 lead. Goodrow scored what proved to be the winner at 7:36 of the period, getting in front of the net to tip Justin Braun’s shot from the point past Ward.

Labanc and Hertl tallied in the third for the final margin.

The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in the first period, scoring on three of their first four shots and knocking Jones from the game.

DeBrincat and Strome scored 47 seconds apart, at 2:34 and 3:21 of period, on Chicago’s first two shots.

The Sharks tied it at 2-2 as Karlsson and Sorensen scored 42 seconds apart, at 9:58 and 10:40.

The Blackhawks regained the lead on Perlini’s goal at 12:54, and Jones left shortly thereafter.

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