NHL Hockey

Blackhawks have quick turnaround vs. Sharks after drubbing

The Chicago Blackhawks won't have much time to dwell on Saturday's defeat.

The Blackhawks lost 6-3 Saturday afternoon to the Los Angeles Kings, who snapped a 10-game skid. Chicago returns to action Sunday night against the host San Jose Sharks.

The Blackhawks fell behind the lowly Kings 3-0 in the first period. Chicago tied it in the second before Los Angeles pulled away, scoring six goals for the first time this season.

"We didn't have what we needed, for sure," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "It's tough when you have to come from behind the whole game. You kind of run out of energy. Right away we were chasing.

"We had to play uphill the whole game, so that's no formula to win important games in March and April, that's for sure."

Brendan Perlini, who had been a healthy scratch the previous four games, scored twice for the Blackhawks. Goaltender Corey Crawford allowed six goals on 24 shots in making his second straight start since returning from a concussion.

With winger Drake Caggiula out after suffering a concussion Wednesday at Anaheim, Brandon Saad was moved up from the third line to skate with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

The line was held without a point Saturday.

"They just kind of had an answer for everything we tried offensively and turning it the other way and made us go the length of the ice every time," Toews told NHL.com. "It's just going to wear you down."

The Sharks are coming off a 4-3 victory against Colorado on Friday night, as Marcus Sorensen scored twice, the first multi-goal game of his career.

Sorensen, who missed the previous two games after taking a puck to the face last Saturday against Columbus, played on a line with Joe Thornton and the newly acquired Gustav Nyquist.

"l played with good players. They do plays that make me better, so it's easy for me to come out there," Sorensen said. "It's good to be back. It's no fun to be watching."

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer praised Sorensen, who played sparingly in his first two years after coming over from Sweden.

"He's just gotten better and better," DeBoer said. "I think his development obviously from coming over here and playing in the American League to getting on the fourth line a couple years ago in the playoffs and playing an energy role. This year, you can't (overstate) how important Joe Thornton has been to his development offensively. He's always talking to him about hanging on to pucks and making plays. When you get a guy like that, that wants to play with you, that's the golden ticket."

While the Blackhawks are wrapping up a three-game California trip, the Sharks are in a stretch of 12 home games in their final 18 of the regular season.

This will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Sharks routed the Blackhawks 7-3 on Dec. 16 in Chicago, as seven different players scored.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 3, 2019

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