By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks got three goals from the defensive corps to get out in front of the visiting San Jose Sharks Sunday night. The Hawks hung on to post a 5-2 victory at the United Center behind a solid effort from Corey Crawford to go with the first NHL goal for Trevor van Riemsdyk.
[editor’s note: The NHL changed the scoring on the Hawks’ first goal on Monday, taking it away from van Riemsdyk and crediting it to Kris Versteeg.]
First Period-The Blackhawks outshot San Jose 20-9 in the opening 20 minutes as Chicago defenders accounted for a trio of goals.
A nice hole by Johnny Oduya led to a scoring chance for Ben Smith in the slot. However, Logan Couture prevented Smith from getting off a shot. van Riemsdyk took a drop pass from Patrick Kane and sent a shot on goal that Antti Niemi smothered in the fourth minute. Read more