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Sharks beat Blackhawks, 4-3, in shootout for 8th straight win

San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31), of Sweden, during a shootout in an NHL hockey game Monday, March 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31), of Sweden, during a shootout in an NHL hockey game Monday, March 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO – Kevin Labanc scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout and the San Jose Sharks beat the Blackhawks, 4-3, on Monday night.

Labanc almost pulled to a stop in front of Hawks goalie Anton Forsberg, faked and then lifted in a nifty backhand. Logan Couture also connected in the tiebreaker for the Sharks.

The Hawks’ Patrick Sharp tied it at 3 with 2:22 left in the third period with a shot from the slot that hit Martin Jones’ blocker and then tumbled into the net. Tomas Hertl had put the Sharks ahead, 3-2, only 1:57 earlier with his 21st goal.

San Jose’s Evander Kane scored his 28th goal – his third in two games and eighth in 13 since being acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline. Marcus Sorensen also had a goal for the Sharks.

Rookie forward Alex DeBrincat scored his 26th goal and had an assist, and Connor Murphy scored his second for the last-place Hawks, who have lost six of seven.

Jones made 28 saves through overtime and stopped three of four Hawks in the shootout. Forsberg blocked 35 shots through overtime.

Hawks center Victor Ejdsell made his NHL debut and started the game on a line between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. The 6-foot-5, 22-year-old Swede was acquired from Nashville on Feb. 26 in a trade that sent Ryan Hartman to the Predators.

Sorensen opened the scoring 9:15 in, sliding a one-timer under Forsberg’s right skate from the edge of the crease after taking Jannik Hansen’s centering pass.

DeBrincat and Murphy scored 1:18 apart late in the first to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

DeBrincat fired in a rebound with 4:28 left in the period – and 12 seconds after a Hawks power play had lapsed – to cap a rush. Jones blocked Vinnie Hinostroza’s shot from the left circle with his shoulder, but DeBrincat jumped on the loose puck just beyond the right side of the crease.

Murphy then connected on a shot from the right point as San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon screened Jones.

Evander Kane tied it at 2 with 3:21 left in the second, finishing a breakaway set up by Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook’s turnover inside the San Jose blue line.

Seabrook’s soft shot landed on Mikkel Boedker’s stick, then Boedker fed the puck to Evander Kane, who streaked in alone and beat Forsberg with a shot that trickled between the goalie’s legs.

Jones made a point-blank save on Artem Anisimov’s tip during a Hawks power play about eight minutes into the third to keep it tied. He denied Ejdsell and Hinostroza from the doorstep midway through the period.

After outbattling Hawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson on the right boards, Hertl sprinted to the net and beat Forsberg on the glove side to give San Jose a 3-2 lead with 4:19 left. Sharp then tied it.

In overtime, Jones made a diving, close-in save on Patrick Kane with 1:20 left. Forsberg made a pad save on Evander Kane on a breakaway with 22 seconds left.

NOTES: Sharks center Eric Fehr sat out with a lower-body injury, but Couture was back in the lineup after missing the end of San Jose’s 5-1 win over Calgary on Saturday with an illness. . Hawks captain Jonathan Toews (upper body) sat out his third game and forward Anthony Duclair (lower body) missed his eighth. Both are day to day. . The Sharks signed University of Denver forward Dylan Gambrell to an entry-level contract, one day after his college season ended with a loss to Ohio State in an NCAA regional final. Gambrell, 21, was a second-round pick by San Jose in 2016. . Hawks prospect and forward Dylan Sikura, who signed a two-year contact with the team Sunday after Northeastern University was eliminated from an NCAA regional, joined the team. The 22-year-old from Aurora, Ontario, is expected to make his debut Thursday against Winnipeg after immigration formalities are settled.


Sharks: At the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in the second of a four-game trip.

Hawks: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

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