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Niemi makes 25 saves and Sharks end 7-game winless streak with 2-1 victory over Blues

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 11:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Niemi makes 25 saves and Sharks end 7-game winless streak with 2-1 victory over Blues

ST. LOUIS - Antti Niemi made 25 saves and Tim Kennedy scored in the third period to help the San Jose Sharks end a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

The Sharks' seven-game skid was their longest streak since a 10-game run Nov. 5-30, 2005.

Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season with a franchise-record seven successive wins.

St. Louis has dropped five consecutive home games. The Blues also had a three-game winning streak halted. The Blues were coming off a 3-0 road trip with wins in Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.

Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal at 13:02 on a shot from the left faceoff circle that eluded goalie Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.

St. Louis arrived home at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a 14-hour travel delay in Vancouver.

Patrik Berglund scored his team-high ninth goal for St. Louis in the first period. Berglund has scored in the past four games, a career best.

Niemi improved 7-2-3. He made 11 saves in the opening period.

Berglund scored from in front of the net off a pass from Vladimir Sobotka at 12:54 of the opening period.

Thornton then tied the game early in the second period jumping on a rebound from close range.

San Jose, which outshot the Blues 9-5 in the third period, held St. Louis without a shot for the first 12:17 of the final period.

The Sharks were playing for the first time since Friday.

NOTES: This was the first meeting between the teams since St. Louis beat San Jose in five games in the Western Conference quarterfinals last season. ... G Jaroslav Halak is expected to start for the Blues on Wednesday in Colorado. ... The Blues arrived in St. Louis at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after a 14-hour travel delay in Vancouver. ... San Jose played the fourth game of a six-game road trip. The Sharks return home Jan. 26 to face Colorado.

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