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Thornton Lifts Sharks Past Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Thornton broke a tie on a deflection at 7:13 of the third period and the San Jose Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Thornton, parked in front of the crease, redirected Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot from the left point past Marty Turco 7 seconds after a San Jose power-play ended.

Scott Nichol, Benn Ferriero, Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who bounced back after blowing a 3-1 lead. Clowe connected into an empty net with 48 seconds left.

Patrick Sharp, Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell scored for Chicago. Brouwer and Campbell scored 22 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period to tie it at 3.

San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his first appearance at the United Center since backstopping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last spring. He improved to 3-0 against his former club.

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