The San Jose Sharks claimed their first victory over Chicago Blackhawks in three years with a 3-2 victory on Sunday night.
It took a shootout to separate the sides in which Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in a shootout to gift the Sharks a much-needed victory after their 4-3 loss at Colorado on Saturday.
San Jose coach Todd McLellan reserved special praise for goaltender Alex Stalock, who made 33 saves through overtime with Jason Demers scoring in the first period, and Brett Burns tying the game in the third.
"This was the best defensive effort we've had in this building in a while," McLellan told reporters.
"It's hard to demand perfection, but you have to demand as close as you can get to that," McLellan said. "The players tonight gave us that. It still was a tough task. To score only two and win a game against Chicago, you've done something pretty well."
Couture beat Corey Crawford with a right sided shot after Stalock stopped Jonathan Toews to give the Sharks the advantage.
Patrick Sharp shot wide to give Pavelski the chance to earn the Sharks their first win at the United Center since 2010 - a chance he took.
It was a tough return to action for Crawford, who was returning to the Blackhawks line up for the first time in nearly a month.
Crawford made 40 saves in an impressive display but couldn't inspire his team to victory.
"It's a tough loss to take when you're down by a goal, get up by one, and they tie it up again," Crawford said. "The shootout wasn't close, obviously. Tough loss."
Their latest shootout loss was their fifth at home and the Blackhawks coach admits it is a concern.
"We've lost a few in a row here and I think it could be a little bit uncomfortable, or a lack of confidence, but we've got to work our way through it," coach Joel Quenneville said of the shootout trouble. "We've left a lot of points on the board.
"We could have put ourself in a better spot than we're at. That's been a sour spot recently."
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