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Good start to road trip
Four different Sharks tally goals in 4-2 win
2/4/10 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks 6-game pre-Olympic road trip kicked off on a winning note in St Louis on Thursday night. San Jose spread out the scoring with 4 different Sharks tallying goals, including Patrick Marleau, who bagged his league leading 38th of the season. Backup goaltender Thomas Greiss made a rare start in goal, making 35 saves to earn his 6th victory of the season.

The Sharks got the start they wanted, converting 21 seconds into the game. Marleau scored his goal off a Joe Thornton feed to the slot after Dany Heatley forced a turnover at center ice. Heatley raced up the right wing, bouncing a shot off Blues goaltender Ty Conklin. Thornton grabbed the rebound near the right circle and circled back toward the right wing boards before sliding a pass to Marleau who was driving toward the net.

Ryane Clowe made it 2-0 seven minutes later by depositing another rebound on Conklin. Scott Nichol started the sequence by winning the puck from a scrum near the Sharks blueline than racing up the right side and putting a shot on net. Conklin has the right side of the net covered to defend against Nichol’s shot, but the rebound kicked out to the left side where Clowe was trailing on the play. The Sharks forward poked at the puck, depositing it for his 14th goal of the season.

Patrik Berglund cut the Sharks lead in half midway through the period with a goal from the high slot. Berglund took a pass from Paul Kariya near the top of the left circle and cut toward the slot before unleashing a 40-foot shot. Greiss was screened Blues right wing David Backes, who was parked right on the doorstep.

Former Shark Brad Boyes was sent off for slashing at 15:23 of the 2nd period, setting up the Sharks next goal. Devin Setoguchi would convert on the power play with an assist from the Blues defense. The Sharks forward carried the puck behind the Blues net from left to tight, skating to the right corner before cutting back toward the net and backhanding a shot past Conklin. The Blues defense sat back and watched Setoguchi record his 14th goal of the season.

Alexander Steen cut the Sharks lead to a single goal at 8:39 of the 3rd period. Skating with the puck near the right wing boards, Steen threw the puck toward the front of the net where David Perron was locked up with Sharks defenseman Jay Leach. The puck appeared to touch Perron’s stick, deflecting off Leach’s skate and into the Sharks net. Steen was credited with the goal, but that was irrelevant to the Sharks, who allowed an opponent to inch back into the game.

Nichol took care of that issue by snapping a shot past Conklin from the top of he right circle after Jed Ortmeyer hit him with a pass from just inside the Sharks blueline.

Greiss helped himself by turning in a solid performance, topped by a nice save on an Erik Johnson scoring chance with 9 minutes to play.

Torrey Mitchell and Backes would take off-setting rouging penalties with 1:23 to play, then San Jose would get called for too many men with 18 seconds to play. The man advantage would come too late for St Louis .


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
STL 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 38 (Thornton, Heatley), 0:21. 2, SJ, Clowe 14 (Nichol, Ortmeyer), 7:53. 3, STL, Berglund 8 (Kariya, Oshie), 9:46, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Setoguchi 14 (Clowe, Demers), 16:54, (pp).
3rd period - 5, STL, Steen 13 (Colaiacovo, Berglund), 8:39. 6, SJ, Nichol 3 (Ortmeyer, Huskins), 15:12.
Penalties
1st period - Malhotra, SJ (interference), 8:59; McClement, STL (interference), 11:19.
2nd period - Ortmeyer, SJ (tripping), 6:42; Boyes, STL (slashing), 15:23.
3rd period - Staubitz, SJ (tripping), 2:56; Colaiacovo, STL (delay of game – puck over glass), 12:37; Mitchell, SJ (roughing), 18:37; Backes, STL (roughing), 18:37; Bench, SJ (too many men), 19:42.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 37 35
STL - Conklin 31 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 7 13 31
STL 12 10 15 37
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
STL 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Thomas Greiss
Dany Heatley
Patrik Berglund
Attendence
19,150
Officials
Referees: Auger, Sutherland. Linesmen: Cvik, Devorski.
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