Patrick Kane scored twice, Alex DeBrincat had three assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad, Alex Nylander and rookie Dominik Kubalik also scored as the Blackhawks handed the Sharks their ninth loss in their last 12 games. Jonathan Toews had two assists, and Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his 10th straight start.
Evander Kane and Timo Meier each had a goal and assist for San Jose in the opener of a four-game trip. Aaron Dell blocked 39 shots.
Chicago had two power-play goals against the NHL’s best penalty-killing team, stopping a 0-for-14 drought with the man advantage. The sliding Sharks entered with an 86.4% kill rate.
San Jose’s Joe Thornton skated in his 1,636th NHL game, moving ahead of Scott Stevens for ninth on the league’s all-time list. The 40-year-old forward picked up an assist.
Two Blackhawks prospects, defenseman Nicolas Beaudin and forward Brandon Hagel, made their NHL debuts after being recalled from Rockford of the AHL.
Beaudin was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft.
San Jose led 1-0 after an uptempo first period. The Sharks outshot Chicago 15-14 and both goalies were tested.
Evander Kane opened the scoring during a 5-on-3 power play at 10:49. Stationed in the slot, he deflected Thornton’s feed from the right circle past Crawford high on the stick side.
Chicago outskated San Jose in the second and outshot the Sharks 17-10 while taking a 3-1 lead.
Keith tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 4:33. With rookie Kirby Dach providing a screen at the edge of the crease, Keith fired a shot from the left point past Dell’s glove.
Kane made it 2-1 with another power-play goal with 3:27 left in the period. He darted to the left edge of the crease and tipped in DeBrincat’s pinpoint cross-ice feed.
Saad upped it to 3-1 just 1:25 later. After taking DeBrincat’s pass, Saad swept into the crease alone and beat Dell with a low shot between the pads.
Nylander ripped in a high shot from the slot at 1:31 of the third. Meier cut it to 4-2 just over 5 minutes later, firing a high shot past Crawford from a faceoff.
Kane added his 33rd goal off his own rebound with 3:41 left to make it 5-2. Kubalik scored his 30th goal with 1:57 remaining.
NOTES: The 36-year-old Keith added an assist for his fourth two-point game this season. ... San Jose F and captain Logan Couture sat out under concussion protocol after being hit in the head with a puck against Colorado on Sunday. ... Chicago D Adam Boqvist missed the game under concussion protocol after taking an elbow to the head versus St. Louis on Sunday. ... Chicago C Drake Caggiula was scratched with a right hand injury suffered in a fight against the Blues. ... Chicago D Lucas Carlsson returned after sitting out two games after being hit in the head with a puck.
Sharks: At St. Louis on Friday night.
Blackhawks: Host Ottawa on Friday night.