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San Jose Tackles St. Louis

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Amazing goaltending by Antti Niemi in the final minute as he stopped two sure looks.  San Jose finished off the game in front of their dads and earned two points via a 4-2 final.

David Backes took a cheap swing at Marc-Edouard Vlasic and becuse Vlasic responded, both headed to the lockerroom.

St. Louis used their timeout for a rally strategy.

A decent attempt at the wave just occurred at HP Pavilion.

The Sharks continued pressing and would not rest on a two-goal lead.

Jamie McGinn showed it's the Sharks night as he scored his first of the season and, if the Sharks hold on, will have provided Round Table Pizza to all.

Joe Pavelski took one for the team and the highsticking call put San Jose on another power play.

This goal definitley belonged to Dany Heatley.  A pont shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic was deflected by Heatley and the Sharks went up 3-2.

There was an official scoring change on the Sharks second goal as it was Joe Thornton who pushed it in.

Antti Niemi broke up a two-on-one rush late in the second to keep the contest tied.  San Jose outshot St. Louis 18-10 on the period.

The game is tied again as Erik Johnson scored on a shot from in close that somehow squeezed between Antti Niemi's pads.

Benn Ferriero just fought Ian Cole and the bout was appreciated by the Sharks bench and the crowd.

The Sharks took the lead on a second Dan Heatley goal.  This time he was parked out front on the advantage and he pumped home a Dan Boyle rebound. 2-1 Sharks.

San Jose did not score on the power play, but controlled play since that point and had the Blues on their heels.  Shots came from Patrick Marleau, Brandon Mashinter and Joe Pavelski.  Every line was involved.

Brandon Mashinter was driven hard into the boards.  He got up slowly and was able to stay on the bench, plus the play put San Jose up a man for two minutes.

A quick shot to start the second by St. Louis, but Antti Niemi grabbed it.

With his helper on Dany Healtey's goal, Thornton moved into first place all-time on the Sharks assist list with 390.

The first period concluded tied at one.

Dany Heatley tied the game thanks to a picture perfect pass from Joe Thornton.  The Sharks power play goal ended a seven-game goalless streak for Heatley and evened things at 1.

San Jose drew their first power play of the game.

The Sharks killed off a second STL power play and it was a little extra impressive as Scott Nichol was caught without a stick for about 45 seconds.

San Jose fell behind early on a bad bounce.  A B.J. Crombeen shot bounced high in the air off Antti Niemi's blocker.  As it landed behind the Sharks netminder, it caromed across the line instead of away from danger and the Blues led 1-0.

San Jose killed of the Blues first power play and it ended with Niclas Wallin getting a breakaway opportunity.

Brandon Mashinter and Ryan Reaves just dropped the gloves and the haymakers were flying.  It was a short bout, but Mashinter may have landed the biggest shot in the quick fight.

The players' fathers are all in town already for their annual trip with the team.  Maybe this is it will be a spark for the boys.

Patrick Marleau has now skated in 999 NHL games.

San Jose will be without Ryane Clowe due to a lower body injury, but Logan Couture will return.  Justin Braun and Andrew Desjardins are also out.

Antti Niemi goes up against Jaroslav Halak in the netminding battle.

Todd McLellan is starting Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi up front with Niclas Wallin and Jason Demers on the backend.
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