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NHL GAME OF THE DAY

Sharks win third in a row

Nabakov makes 45 saves in 3-2 win over Blackhawks.

December 23, 2009

Chicago — Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves and Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Dany Heatley and Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks, who moved ahead of the Blackhawks into first place in the Western Conference, and snapped Chicago's four-game overall and five-game home winning streaks.

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who outshot the Sharks, 47-14.

Chicago's Cristobal Huet made 11 saves, but his shutout streak ended at 143:31 when Heatley opened the scoring 3:18 into the first.

San Jose capitalized on Chicago's mistakes to avenge 4-3 and 7-2 losses to the Blackhawks in November.

-- associated press

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