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Preview: Blues vs. Sharks

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues


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BLUES Ryan O'Reilly scored his first career hat trick and extended his eight-game point streak (seven goals, eight assists) to help the Blues to a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The victory was the Blues' third in the last four games.

"It's just about winning, that's what it is. Bottom line is it's about winning," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "We have to keep building and learning lessons. To me, we've won three out of our last four and it doesn't really feel like that, that's the funny thing. But, at the same time, we have won three out of last four. We're not here patting ourselves on back, we have to get a lot better."

Chad Johnson made 38 saves in the game for the Blues, earning his first win in his second start with the club.

Brayden Schenn could miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He practiced Thursday but Yeo said he is questionable for the game against the Sharks. Yeo also said Pat Maroon, who played Tuesday on the fourth line, likely won't be in the lineup Friday.

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SHARKS San Jose will be playing for the second consecutive night when they meet the Blues on Friday.

The Sharks got goals from Timo Meier, Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane, but Devin Shore's goal with 5:47 left in the third period - his second goal of the game - dealt the Sharks a 4-3 loss on Thursday night in Dallas.

The Sharks are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division with 19 points.

Defenseman Brent Burns leads the club with 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 16 games this season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues went 1-2 against the Sharks last season and won their most recent matchup 3-2 in overtime. The Blues are 5-2-0 in their last seven games against the Sharks. The teams will meet again in eight days (Nov. 17 in San Jose).

Video: Gunnarsson, O'Reilly and Yeo on facing Sharks


Robby Fabbri
On scoring his first goal in nearly two years on Tuesday vs. Carolina
"I forgot how it felt, but it definitely felt good."

Vladimir Tarasenko
On winning three of the last four games
"We're building our game slow, not as fast as we want to. We're going small steps and we're starting to have more goal chances, and that leads to more confidence for us. It's a long year, we've had a disappointing start. We're starting to find our game. We're not perfect, and I don't think we've played like we can play yet. But that's what we're working on in practice."


Tyler Bozak has six points in his last five games (two goals, four assists)… Alexander Steen recorded an assist Tuesday, giving him 460 points as a Blue, which tied David Backes for sixth on the all-time list… Vladimir Tarasenko has at least one power-play point in five straight games, a feat that hasn't been done by a Blue since Lee Stempniak did it from Dec. 26, 2006 through Jan. 4, 2007… Jaden Schwartz has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games against San Jose.

Video: Blues continue the homestand by hosting the Sharks

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