posted on October 16, 2013 00:24
St. Louis had their four game win streak, and undefeated record snapped by the still unbeaten, 6-0 San Jose Sharks; leaving only the Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche after the Avalanche defeated Dallas 3-2, Tuesday night. The Sharks came into Tuesday night’s game at Scottrade Center leading the league in shots on goal, at an average of 42 per game; the Sharks outshot the Blues 39-26.
In a battle of unbeatens, the Blues hoped to keep a 10-game regular-season home-win streak alive, relying on their gritty defense and offensive-momentum. A game riddled with penalties and hits was soon underway, after a hit from behind made by Blues’ Maxim Lapierre on Sharks’ Dan Boyle. Boyle was soon taken off the ice on a stretcher after laying still and speechless following the hit. Lapierre was given 20 minutes total of penalties and ejected from Tuesday night’s game, along with teammate Ryan Reaves, and Sharks’ Matt Pelech.
The Sharks quickly took a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in 47 seconds, both on the power play. The first scored by Logan Couture assisted by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. The second power play goal came just 18 seconds later when Joe Pavelski took advantage of Jay Bouwmeester’s high-sticking two-minute penalty. Pavelski grabbed his first goal of the season assisted by Jason Demers and Patrick Marleau, giving Marleau two assists in less than a minute.
The Sharks secured their lead, adding two goals in the second period with Tommy Wingels scoring at 8:34 and Scott Hannan with his first goal of the season at 2:47 left in the second.
Jaroslav Halak was pulled from the game in between the second and third periods after allowing four goals and stopping 22 shots. Brian Elliot saw his first ice time, starting out in goal for the Blues in the third period. Elliot allowed two goals – one by Joe Thornton at 5:06, assisted by Sharks’ leading scorer (and league rookie leading-scorer), Czech Republic native, Tomas Hertl. Patrick Marleau recorded his fifth goal, and eighth point of the season (recording one goal and two assists in Tuesday night’s game), capitalizing on the Blues’ defeated penalty kill after a slashing minor by Chris Stewart.
The Blues did get on the board, beating Sharks goalie, Antti Niemi twice; Vladimir Tarasenko scoring his fourth in five games, assisted by fellow linemates, Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund. Roman Polak scored the Blues’ second goal of the game, recording his first of the season with 7:32 remaining in the third. Polak was assisted by Derek Roy, his sixth point of the season; and Vladimir Sobotka, tallying his fourth.
The Sharks remain 6-0; Blues 4-0-1. The Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday, 10/17 at 7pm.