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Pavelski, Thornton help Sharks snap 3-game skid with 2-1 win iv shootout vs. Blackhawks

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    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, blocks a shot against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

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    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, blocks a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) tangle up for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

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    San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Brandon Pirri (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), of the Czech Republic, skates past San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Joe Thornton (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Associated Press

Joe Thornton capped San Jose's perfect shootout with a nifty move past Corey Crawford that helped the Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Joe Pavelski scored a short-handed goal and opened the shootout with a goal. Patrick Marleau also scored in the tiebreaker for the Sharks, who have won eight of their past nine shootouts. Antti Niemi made 29 saves and stopped Patrick Sharp in the second round of the shootout.

Brandon Saad scored a power-play goal, and Crawford made 38 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost five of six games as they limp toward the Olympic break.