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Live Game Blog: Sharks at St. Louis

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks drops a penalty-filled 2-0 game to the hot St. Louis Blues. San Jose is shutout for the second time this week and for the third consecutive road game. Antti Niemi makes 27 of 29 saves in the loss. Captain Joe Thornton was ejected from the game in the second period for an illegal check to the head.


3RD

20:00
San Jose falls 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks put up 11 shots on goal in the final period of the game trying to tie things up.

19:33
Sharks called to icing and forces Antti Niemi back in his net for the faceoff in his zone.

18:42
Antti Niemi leaves his net for an extra attacker as the Sharks try to comeback from a two-goal deficit with less than two minutes in the game.

16:54
The puck bounces around near Halak's net and the Sharks get several attempts but the Czech goalie covers the puck up and will take the faceoff to his left.

15:32
Icing called and Head Coach Todd McLellan calls a timeout to rest his players and try and set something up with less than five minutes left in the game and the Sharks down 2-0.

12:42
Blues take control of the puck in the Sharks zone but Marc-Edouard Vlasic blocks the shot.

10:38
David Backes fires a rifle of a shot that narrowly missed the net but careens of the glass and right out from on Antti Niemi who slides over and makes the save.

9:01
A quick shot on Halak from the slot. He makes the save and everyone converges to him and pushes and shoves for space, even after the whistle.

6:26
Dany Heatley shows off his stickhandling skills and skates circles in the offensive zone before take a quick shot. But the puck hit several legs and did not reach it's destination.

3:23
Antti Niemi goes side to side to make several saves on the Blues chance. St. Louis had an open net to knock in the rebound but was foiled by Niemi's quickness.

1:15
Icing against St. Louis.

0:00
Sharks once again win another faceoff to start the period. There's less than 30 seconds leff in the Blues' tripping penalty.

2ND

20:00
San Jose will carry the remainder of their powerplay into the final period. After a penalty-filled second period that saw 12 penalties worth 41 minutes, the Sharks are down 2-0. San Jose has 14 shots on goal so far this game. The Blues have 22. Dan Boyle leads all skaters in ice time with 17:40 thanks in part to all those penalty kill situations.

18:42
The Sharks go on a powerplay after a tripping penalty against the Blues.

17:33
Joe Pavelski, again, flys up the wing and gets an open and clean shot on goal, but Halak closes his five-hole in time.

16:40
Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley team up for a two-on-one breakaway. Marleau draws Halak's attention as the puck handler and at the last second passes it to Heatley who winds up for his signature slapshot but heels it.

16:32
Jason Demers stares down the ref wanting the interference call on the Blues player who interrupted his stride.

14:22
The puck hits David Perron on his back and then uses his stick to scoop up the puck and knocked it in pass Antti Niemi. St. Louis now leads 2-0. T.J. Oshie gets the primary assist and Alex Pietrangelo earns his second assist of the night.

12:33
Antti Niemi makes a sliding save after the one-time Anaheim Duck Andy McDonald streaks up the left side of the Finnish netminder and tries a redirect.

10:38
Antti Niemi makes a routine save and after the whistle more scrummage. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and David Perron both go off for roughing. San Jose has successfully killed off Joe Thornton's five-minute penalty.

9:27
The Blues thought they scored to go ahead 2-0, but the ref quickly waves it off and calls David Backes for goalie interference. The St. Louis crowd loudly voice their displeasure. Four-on-four action for now.

9:09
Dany Heatley is called for a boarding call. Sharks are down two men.

6:00
Joe Pavelski speeds up the neutral zone and earns a breakaway. However, his wrister missed high on the right side. Frazer McLaren serves the five-minute penalty for Jumbo Joe.

5:29
Joe Thornton steps out of the penalty box and dishes out a huge hit on David Perron. Perron remains face down the the ice for sometime which prompts a fight between young Logan Couture and Alex Pietrangelo -- both go to the box to cool off for five minutes. Thornton gets tacked with a five-minute major penalty (illegal check to the head) and a 10-minute game miscounduct and is excused from the game. The Blues go on an extended powerplay.

5:13
Douglas Murray blocks a shot and after Torrey Mitchell clears the puck, Murray skates back to the bench favoring one leg. He's okay.

3:22
A two-minute boarding penalty called against Captain Joe Thornton. Following the whistle, some extra curricular activies occurred between the two teams. Frazer McLaren and Eric Brewer also go off for two minutes for roughing. Blues get another two-minute man advantage.

2:14
Kent Huskins uses his body to block a St. Louis shot. But the puck trickles back to another Blues player.

0:00
Scott Nichol and his PK unit take the faceoff to start the second period. Nichol easily wins the draw.

1ST

20:00
The Sharks are down 1-0 following one period. The St. Louis Blues will carry 40-plus seconds of their powerplay into the second period. San Jose took five penalties totaling 13 minutes. The Sharks have won 16 of 21 faceoffs.

18:41
San Jose is once again a man down. Dan Boyle goes off for kneeing.

17:46
Jamal Mayers picks a fight right after the faceoff following the Blues' goal. Mayers and Brad Winchester both earn five for fighting.

17:41
Matt D'Agostini scores on Niemi after serving two minutes in the penalty box.

15:17
San Jose goes on their first powerplay of the game after a holding the stick penalty called against St. Louis' Matt D'Agostini.

13:29
Antti Niemi makes a nice save and pushes the puck safely behind the net.

12:10
The Sharks got their third consecutive penalty with Devin Setoguchi going to the sin bin for interference.

11:39
Dany Heatley clears the puck and San Jose successfully kills off their second penalty of the young night.

9:39
A scrum ensues following the whistle after the ref tacks Jamal Mayers with a boarding penalty.

8:32
Scott Nichol and Jamal Mayers almost got a bang-bang play in close on the net.

7:49
Jamie McGinn tries to go in on Halak alone but St. Louis defense knocks the puck away.

6:29
Joe Thornton leads another Sharks breakaway with Dany Heatley, but Heatley's shot attempt was foiled by the quick pad of Blues netminder.

5:56
Jamal Mayers has a breakaway but his shot goes high on Halak.

4:41
Devin Setoguchi gets called for a hooking penalty behind the net.

1:37
Defenseman Jason Demers puts up the first shot on net. Jaroslav Halak makes the routine save.

0:01
Joe Pavelski wins the opening faceoff against his St. Louis Blues' counterpart Patrik Berglund

PREGAME
The San Jose Sharks hope to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night as they take on one of the hottest team in the NHL the St. Louis Blues.

Antti Niemi is expected to man the net tonight.
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