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Live Game Blog: Sharks at St. Louis

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Two goals from Logan Couture help the San Jose Sharks hand the St. Louis Blues only the third regulation loss at home. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Devin Setoguchi tally the other goals in the Sharks' 4-1 win. Antero Niittymaki earns his 11th win of the season and third consecutive.


3RD

20:00
Team Teal wins it 4-1.

18:18
Patrick Marleau wins the defensive zone faceoff. San Jose now own the edge in the faceoff circle winning 26 compare to the Blues' 20.

15:54
Brad Winchester goes off for two minutes for roughing.

15:04
Devin Setoguchi cashes in on a puck at the crease to extend San Jose's lead to 4-1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Pavelski earns the assist. That's Seto's third goal in two nights.

12:40
Marc-Edouard Vlasic fires another Sharks shot on goal, that's Team Teal 11th shot this period. Blues have four so far.

8:42
San Jose get a flurry of shots on net and Jaroslav Halak barely makes the save.

7;24
Sharks' Ryane Clowe and Blues' Barret Jackman both receive roughing penalties.  Four-on-four action for the next two minutes pending any penalties.

7:24
The Blues are spending a lot of time in the Sharks' zone that last minute and Antero Niittymaki covers up the shot from Barret Jackman to try and slow them down.

2:43
The Sharks crash the net and have two quality chances on an out of position Jaroslav Halak but the St. Louis' defense helps out their netminder.

1:58
Patrik Berglund goes off for hooking early in the third.

2ND

20:00
After 20 minutes of action, the score stands at 3-1 in favor of the Sharks. Antero Niittymaki is a bit busier this period, facing 11 shots. Joe Pavelski leads all skaters with three shots on goal.

16:39
Scott Nichol gets the puck deep and fires a shot from the sideboard, forcing Jaroslav Havlak  to make the kick save.

13:51
A little tuff between Patrick Marleau and a St. Louis player following the shot. No penalty result from that though.

10:44
David Backes steamrolls into Antero Niittymaki during a breakaway and the officials indicate a penalty shot for Backes. He takes his first career penalty shot and shoots it at Nitty's pads. The puck bounces around his pad and skates and trickles in for St. Louis' first goal of the game. Sharks lead down to 3-1.

10:32
Head Coach Todd McLellan calls for a timeout to rest his players as the Sharks were caught on an icing call.

8:21
Sharks get another goal from rookie Logan Couture. Couture skates toward the net and has Dan Boyle's shot go off his glove and stick and in pass Jaroslav Havlak. Patrick Marleau earns the secondary assist. San Jose' lead now at 3-0.

7:24
Ian Cole gets a breakaway but shoots it high on Antero Niittymaki.

5:10
A scrum erupts around Jaroslav Halak and Jamie McGinn and Ian Cole both get tag with a roughing penalty. Four-on-four action for the next two minutes pending any penalties.

0:01
Joe Pavelski again wins the opening faceoff. However, the Sharks are losing the majority of the faceoff battles. St. Louis is 12-for-18 so far.

1ST

20:00
San Jose leads 2-0 after the first period. Antero Niittymaki has not face much action in 20 minutes, facing only three shots. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 9:33 of ice time.

18:18
Jamal Mayers and Brad Winchester pick a fight following the faceoff. Mayers gets a huge swing in and knocks Winchester down as the officials rush to break up the fight. Five for fighting for both players.

18:15
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scores from a blast from the point to extend San Jose's lead to 2-0. Joe Pavelski and Jamal Mayers get the assist.

17:04
St. Louis shot by Erik Johnson reaches Antero Niittymaki for only the Blues' second shot this period.

16:19
Benn Ferriero goes in alone on a breakaway on Jaroslav Halak who makes the tough save.

15:01
Icing call against St. Louis.

14:48
Scott Nichol and Chris Porter also get into a scuff at the Sharks blueline. The fight didn't last long due to Nichol losing his footing and falling into the ice. Nichol and Porter both join Ryane Clowe and B.J. Crombeen in the penalty box.

13:27
Ryane Clowe and B.J. Crombeen drop the gloves and dance before the refs seperate them. Both get fighting majors. That breaks San Jose's streak of 12 consecutive games without a fight.

11:56
The Blues crowd continue to boo Joe Thornton whenever he touches the puck because of Thornton's hit on David Perron last time these two teams met.

11:39
Sharks earn another powerplay on the most penalized team in the league. A high-sticking penalty goes to Brad Boyes.

9:30
Logan Couture scores his 16th goal of the season, tipping in Dan Boyle's shot out of the air near the slot, after winning the offensive zone faceoff. Ryane Clowe earns the secondary assist on the powerplay goal. There is a slight delay to review the goal but it stands. Sharks ahead 1-0.

7:49
Patrik Berglund gets two minutes for high-sticking and wipes out the rest of the Blues' powerplay. Four-on-four action for a minute/

6:54
Jason Demers goes off for two minute due to a holding penalty.

6:23
Joe Thornton goes in alone on Jaroslav Halak and tries to stuff it pass his pads but Halak's defenseman gets back into position. That's the first shot of the game.

3:03
Dan Boyle's shot misses the net.

0:01
Joe Pavelski wins the opening faceoff in tonight's contest between the Sharks and Blues.

PREGAME

The San Jose Sharks will finish their three-game road trip in St. Louis where they will face take a tough Blues team who have only two regulation losses this season.

The last time these two teams met, Captain Joe Thornton put a hit on Blues forward David Perron and got a two-game suspension as a result. Perron finished the game, even scoring a goal that night, but has since missed 20 games due to a concussion.

Antero Niittymaki will get his second consecutive start in net and will faceoff against Jaroslav Halak.
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