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Blackhawks get late goals to score OT win over

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks scored two late goals to claim a 3-2 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks Sunday.

Chicago's Patrick Sharp netted his second consecutive game-winner with 34 seconds left in overtime to complete an emotional few days after he also recently welcomed the birth of a daughter.

"That was a tough game, personally, to be a part of," Sharp told reporters, having taken his wife and daughter home from the hospital earlier in the day.

Sharp also made a goal in OT to beat the New York Islanders Thursday.

"I did my best to stay focused. It was a pretty emotional goal there. It was a lot of fun to be a part of it. It's tough to focus on hockey when so much is going on back home."

The Sharks (15-10-2) took early control through Jamie McGinn's first-period strike. Chicago's Marcus Kruger netted a tip-in at 7:53 in the second to tie the game but Justin Braun restored San Jose's lead two minutes later.

With the game heading into the last minute of the third period, the Blackhawks forced overtime on Andrew Brunette's game-tying score at 18:54.

Sharp then scored the game-winning goal with just 34 seconds left in overtime.

Marian Hossa assisted on both late goals to help Chicago (18-8-4) extend their lead in the Central division to three points over Detroit and St. Louis.

Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery had 35 saves to get the better of San Jose's Antti Niemi, who had shut out Chicago in their previous meeting on November 23.

"There was a lot of real good things (for us) early in the game," said San Jose coach Todd McLellan said.

"It takes a lot of energy and a lot of gas in the tank to continue that, and we just didn't have it in the third."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Greg Stutchbury)