CHICAGO -- A night after giving up seven goals, the Chicago Blackhawks rebounded with an improved defensive effort. Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including one on a third-period penalty shot, and Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist to lead Chicago to a 5-1 win over San Jose in a matchup of two of the Western Conferences top teams on Sunday night. Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri also scored for the Blackhawks, who lost 7-2 in Nashville on Saturday, their most lopsided this season. "Tonight was back-and-forth, trading chances, but at the same time, theres a lot of individual battles that we were on top of," Sharp said. Chicago limited road-weary San Jose to a handful of prime scoring opportunities before pulling away with three goals in the third period. "We werent happy with the last game, obviously," said Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who finished with 23 saves. "Tonight was one of our better efforts all around, defensively, from everyone in this room. "(San Jose) came out strong, but throughout the game, we had a little bit more legs than them. We opened up the game at the end there." Versteeg scored his first goal with the Blackhawks in his first home game since being reacquired in trade from Florida on Thursday. A member of Chicagos 2010 Stanley Cup-winning team, he joined the Blackhawks Saturday in Nashville. "It was emotional, obviously, coming back," Versteeg said. "Last night wasnt definitely the way I saw coming back in my head, but tonight was very exciting. The guys put in a big effort." Crawford and San Joses Antti Niemi, the goalies who backstopped the Blackhawks to their two recent Stanley Cup titles, opposed each other. Crawford, in nets for Chicagos Cup run last season, allowed only a second-period goal to San Joses Joe Pavelski on a shot he caught, but then misplayed. Niemi, who helped lead the 2010 Blackhawks to the championship, stopped 22 as he faced his former team for the 12th time. Niemi is 5-6-1 against the Blackhawks. The Sharks havent won in Chicago since Dec. 3, 2010, Niemis first game against his old club. Theyre 0-5-1 at the United Center since then. And Niemi didnt get a lot of help in this one, as the Blackhawks created chances and pounced on San Jose turnovers. "We lacked a lot of energy that was needed to play in this game," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "When you dont have energy, you better be sharp mentally and we may have been poorer in that area. "There are a lot of teams that play against the Blackhawks and Im sure the coaches are telling them the same thing: That turnovers kill you," McLellan added. "Their counter-punch is incredible and we learned that lesson again. The Sharks played the final contest of a five-game road trip, finishing at 3-1-1 on a zigzagging swing with four contests in Western Canada and a finale in Chicago. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, embark on a seven-game "circus trip" Tuesday at Colorado. They dont return to the United Center until Dec. 3 against Dallas. Chicago started its solid send-off in the first period when Pirri scored the only goal of a crisply played frame with 3:26 left. Pirri, who led the AHL in points last year with 75 points, has goals in three straight games and four in his past six. Patrick Kane went down the right wing into the San Jose zone, backing in Sharks defenceman Scott Hannan to the circle. Kanes shot deflected off Hannan and across the crease to the left side of the net, where Pirri buried the loose puck. Pavelski tied it at 8:16 of the second on a 30-foot shot from the slot. Crawford picked Pavelskis shot out of the air with his glove, but when he lowered it to his side, the puck rolled out and trickled across the goal line. Sharp put Chicago back ahead at 2-1 just under 4 minutes later on a one-time shot from the left circle. He ripped the puck past Niemi after taking a pinpoint cross-ice feed from Marcus Kruger. Toews extended it to 3-1 at 3:39 of the third with his team-leading 10th goal by converting a rebound of his own shot. Niemi stopped Toews first attempt after the Chicago captain skated out of the right corner, but the rebound dropped inches from the goal line. Toews skated around a scrum at the edge of the crease and tucked in the loose puck. With Niemi down on the ice and out of the net, Versteeg converted a rebound of Brandons Saad shot with 4:50 left in the third to make it 4-1. Sharp was awarded the penalty shot with 1:11 left after being pulled down by Marc-Edouard Vlasic on a breakaway. He fired high over Niemi score on a penalty shot for the first time in five chances with Chicago NOTES: The Blackhawks placed G Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve with a lower-body injury suffered in Saturdays 7-2 loss in Nashville. Chicago called up rookie Antti Raanta from Rockford of the AHL to back up Crawford. 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.Y. -- First, Patrick Kane gave his family and friends something to cheer about by scoring a highlight-reel goal in a rare trip home to Buffalo on Sunday night.SUNRISE, Fla. -- The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers is already paying dividends. Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist. Olsen and Hayes came to the Panthers in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 14 for wings Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebvre. "Theyre good young guys. Theyre learning their trade," Florida coach Peter Horachek said. "They both want to be pros. They want to be here." Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves. The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first points during that span. Olsen broke a 1-all tie at 3:31 of the second period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Pavelec. Upshall got his 100th career assist on the play. "Its awesome. Its your first NHL goal," Olsen said. "It was obviously exciting, but its even better to get the win and get off that three-game losing streak." The Panthers went ahead 3-1 when Fleischmann scored with 2:01 left in the second. A shot by Mike Weaver bounced off Pavelecs blocker, and Fleischmann poked in the rebound. Florida stretched its lead to 4-1 at 5:37 of the third. Bjugstad wrapped the puck around from behind the net and bounced it off Pavelecs leg and into the net. Jokinen, on his 35th birthday, made it 4-2 with 7:15 left in the game when he put the puck through Thomas pads from in front. Hayes scored with 2:44 remaining on a breakaway to make it 5-2. The Jets had two days of rest after their 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday, but the trip to sunny Florida might have distracted them.dddddddddddd "We didnt have very many good players. We didnt play very intelligent, for as good as we were in New York," coach Claude Noel said. "We played way different tonight. We had a hard time getting guys engaged in the game." The loss dropped the Jets back to .500 at 13-13-4. "I hope this is not going to bite us @ the end of the year," Jokinen said. "One game over .500 was a chance to take a step forward." The Panthers had allowed 14 goals in their previous three games, all losses. "Fourteen goals is unacceptable," Gudbranson said. "We really stepped up and took care of our own end first and really forced them into nothing. That was really huge for us today." The Jets took a 1-0 lead on Ladds goal 5:27 in. Bryan Little passed from the right side to Ladd in front, and he wristed it into an open net. Little leads the Jets with 27 points. The Panthers tied it on Gudbransons goal. His slap shot from just beyond the right circle rifled past Pavelec on the stick side at 14:02 of the first. The Panthers had a goal disallowed on video review at 6:58 in the first when it was ruled that the puck and the goalie were both pushed into the net. NOTES: Thomas made his 11,000th NHL save during the first period. ... Panthers RW Tomas Kopecky returned from injured reserve after missing five games with an upper-body injury. ... D Dmitry Kulikov was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch last Tuesday against Ottawa. ... Jets LW Evander Kane missed his second game with a lower-body injury. ... RW Michael Frolik was a late scratch by the Jets with flu-like symptoms. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap China Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys From China
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