Blackhawks beat sliding Sharks 4-1

Saturday - 2/16/2013, 4:00am EST

JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jonathan Toews felt he had to stand up for himself, so he skated up to Joe Thornton, jabbed him with his stick and then dropped his gloves.

The Chicago Blackhawks responded to the rare fight for their captain. The sliding San Jose Sharks just went down again.

Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored during Chicago's strong second period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the Sharks 4-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who remain the league's only team without a regulation loss. Jamal Mayers had two assists and backup Ray Emery made 27 saves for his fourth win in four starts this season.

"Everything was good tonight," Toews said. "The penalty kill was huge in the first period, with the big 4-minute penalty kill we had to kill. Big goal by Bolly after that, and I think that just set the tone for the night with that penalty kill."

The Blackhawks were forced to play a man short after Toews and Thornton got into it with about 4
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