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Scandella, Blues defeat Sharks in 13-goal game

Defenseman scores twice, including winner in third period

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Scandella's second goal

STL@SJS: Sundqvist sets up Scandella's second goal

Marco Scandella finishes the feed from Oskar Sundqvist to put the Blues back on top, 7-6 in the 3rd

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Marco Scandella scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-6 at SAP Center on Saturday.

Zach Sanford and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Blues (11-8-2), who ended a three-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in seven road games.

It was first multigoal game in the NHL for Scandella, who also had an assist in his 594th game. The defenseman had not scored in his first 24 games with St. Louis.

"Coming off three losses, to have a game like this, a lot of emotions obviously," Scandella said. "Guys getting into it, a lot of goals today, it was up and down. I feel like it was the perfect way to get off that losing streak."

Video: STL@SJS: Scandella rips deep shot for 1-1 tie in 1st

Jordan Binnington played in his 100th NHL game for the Blues and allowed four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Ville Husso, who got the win with 19 saves on 21 shots.

"I thought he did a great job, Ville, coming in like that," St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. "It's unfortunate that right away it was a penalty and he had to make saves on their power play. But he hung in there and did a good job. Overall I thought he played really well."

Timo Meier had two goals and an assist, Evander Kane scored twice, and Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks (7-9-2).

"We gave up 13 chances and seven ended up in the back of our net," San Jose coach Bob Boughner said. "You're not going to win a lot of hockey games like that.

"We did a lot of good things with the puck. Without the puck, it's mental when you get a lead and you lose it four times, and the next shot's down and it's in the net. So it's a tough one. It's a game that we played well enough to win."

The teams combined for five goals in 5:56 in the third period.

The Blues took their first lead when Mackenzie MacEachern scored shorthanded to make it 5-4 at 1:18, but Labanc tied it 5-5 at 2:13.

Video: STL@SJS: MacEachern scores SHG on odd-man rush in 3rd

O'Reilly put St. Louis ahead 6-5 at 3:20, but Couture tied it 6-6 at 6:31.

Scandella scored his second of the game to give the Blues a 7-6 lead at 7:14.

"It's been a long time," Scandella said regarding his previous two-goal game. "Probably in the American Hockey League. It felt unbelievable."

San Jose's Devan Dubnyk allowed seven goals on 31 shots.

"I haven't been in a game like that in a long, long time, so it was a strange one. Disappointing," Dubnyk said. "I thought that we played really well as a group, and I just wanted to be able to come up with something there when the guys keep coming back and tie at 5-5, 6-5 and 6-6. You want to be able to knock one down for them, so [it stinks]. Just got to forget about it as best you can and get ready for the next game."

Meier scored 17 seconds into the game when his shot went in off defenseman Torey Krug's elbow to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Scandella scored his first goal with the Blues to tie it 1-1 at 6:08 of the first period. He was acquired in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 18, 2020.

Kane scored on the power play at 10:11 to give San Jose a 2-1 lead.

Sammy Blais scored at 3:34 of the second period to tie it 2-2.

Meier scored his second of the game on a power play at 6:43 to put the Sharks ahead 3-2, but Brayden Schenn scored 45 seconds later to tie it 3-3 at 7:28.

Kane scored his second of the night to make it 4-3 at 10:34 and chase Binnington from the game.

Binnington was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after he shoved Radim Simek in front of the San Jose bench, put his blocker in Erik Karlsson's face and confronted Dubnyk on his way off the ice.

The Blues tied it a fourth time, 4-4, when Sanford scored at 18:16.

NOTES: The Blues and Sharks tied the NHL record for most tying goals in a regular-season game (six). It happened three other times in the past 20 years (Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche, Nov. 2, 2018; Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks, Nov. 26, 2005; and Colorado vs. Montreal Canadiens, Dec. 6, 2002). ... Meier's goal at 0:17 was the second time this season the Sharks scored in the first 20 seconds of a game (Couture at 0:11 on Feb. 6). San Jose is the only NHL team to do it twice in 2020-21. ... St. Louis, already missing seven players because of injury, took another hit when forward Jacob de la Rose left in the first period with a lower-body injury. There was no update after the game. ... The Blues are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games against the Sharks, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: Blues edge Sharks, 7-6

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