The Sharks' locker room was quiet, frustrated and hostile.
Heading into Friday's game, the Sharks were eager to end the Blackhawks' 16-game win streak. After suffering two previous losses to Chicago this month, the Sharks came ready to play, but their efforts weren't enough to keep the Blackhawks from setting a record-breaking 14-0-3 record.
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After San Jose took a 1-0 lead in the final seconds of the first period, Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg found the back of the net to get Chicago their first goal of the night, and more importantly, the momentum they were searching for. Just over two minutes into the third period, Brandon Saad recorded a short-handed goal, giving Chicago the lead, and ultimately, the victory.
"It was a good game, we started the way we wanted to start," said Sharks forward Joe Thornton. "We've been pretty good on the power play, not letting them score, but [Saad's goal] was a killer. For the game-winning goal to be like that, it's tough.
"We felt real good, we talked like (the win) was right there in the second intermission, but for whatever reason we couldn't bear down. The short-hander killed us."
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Next door, the Blackhawks' locker room was quite the opposite of the Sharks'. Not because of the record setting, per se, but for being one step closer to their ultimate goal: bringing the Stanley Cup back to Chicago.
"I think [the 17-game point streak record] means more for all you guys than it does for us," Stalberg said. "It's a great accomplishment and we're excited about being in the history books for now, at least, and we want to keep going."
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is proud of his team, but knows they still face an uphill battle as the season progresses.
"The guys should be proud of the achievement and the accomplishment. I just think that we shouldn't be happy with where we're at," Quenneville said. "We just want to keep trying to get better. I like the demeanor and the approach and just looking forward to the next game, trying to make a contribution to your linemates or your defense partner or your fellow goalie. It's been a nice environment for the guys and they keep pushing one another."