CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks’ top line came through against a top Western Conference rival.
Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat San Jose 4-3 on Sunday night to end the Sharks’ eight-game streak with at least a point.
Dave Bolland and rookie Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which improved to 3-0-2 in its last five. Shaw’s goal was his fourth in seven games since being recalled from the AHL.
Toews played at center and Stalberg on left wing on a line with right wing Patrick Kane. The speedy trio took a combined 17 shots and was the most visible on the ice Sunday.
“It was probably the best game we’ve had,” Stalberg said. “We’ve got a little more confidence. ... I don’t know if they had a shot against us on a shift, and we had chances every shift.”
The unit is clicking since being assembled by coach Joel Quenneville four games ago.
Stalberg has five goals in his last four games, Toews has two goals and three assists during that stretch and Kane — who has scored just once in his last 13 games — has had two assists.
“They had a great night,” Quenneville said. “They were all going.”
Chicago rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a point in a 3-2 overtime loss at Detroit on Saturday. Toews scored with under a minute left to send that game into the extra period.
On Sunday, the Blackhawks knocked off the hottest team in the West and handed the Sharks their first loss in regulation since Dec. 26. San Jose had won six of seven, and was 6-0-2 in its previous eight.
“Yesterday, we found our legs late in the game,” Toews said. “Coming in tonight, all three of us were working.”
Joe Pavelski, Jamie McGinn and rookie Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 21 saves.
Also on Sunday:
Tampa Bay 3
TAMPA, Fla. — Evgeni Malkin had three goals and two assists, James Neal added two goals, and Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay.
WASHINGTON — Dmitry Orlov broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal, and Washington moved into a tie for the Southeast Division lead with a win over Carolina.
MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, linemates David Desharnais and Erik Cole also had three points each, and Montreal ended a three-game skid with a win over the New York Rangers.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Jason Blake scored two goals to lift Anaheim to a victory over Vancouver. Bobby Ryan and Nick Bonino also scored to help the Ducks win for the fifth time in six games. Anaheim’s only loss in that span was a 1-0 overtime defeat in Calgary.