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San Jose
Sharks
43-21-12-6
St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2

29 SOG
35 SOG
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SJS
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San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues

Thursday, 12.18.2003 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues
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GAME: San Jose Sharks (10-8-10-3) at St. Louis Blues (19-6-2-1).

TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.

The St. Louis Blues go for their season-high sixth straight win as they take on the visiting San Jose Sharks.

The Blues are a season-high 13 games above .500, but are three points behind the first-place Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division.

On Tuesday, Keith Tkachuk scored with 42.7 seconds left in overtime, giving the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The win gave the Blues their longest winning streak since a nine-game run from Oct. 17-Nov. 5, 2002.

The Blues are 6-0-1 in December, with three of the victories coming in overtime.

"I think that's just the way the games are playing out," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "They're extremely close and we just seem to find a way to win right now. As long as we continue to do that, I think everybody will be happy."

The Blues won their fifth straight despite playing without center Doug Weight, who sat out with a groin injury. Weight, who has eight goals and 17 assists, is expected to play against the Sharks.

The Sharks have just two wins in seven games (2-2-2-1) following a five-game winning streak, and are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored with 18.8 seconds to go in regulation before Brendan Shanahan won it with 1:09 left in the extra period.

Scott Thornton, who was without a goal since Nov. 6, gave San Jose a 2-1 lead early in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 29 '04STL 0 at SJS 1J. Cheechoo
Jan 03 '04SJS 3 at STL 1M. Sturm
Dec 18 '03SJS 2 at STL 4J. Mayers
Nov 13 '03STL 4 at SJS 3 - OTP. Cajanek
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