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Sharks rally around Tennyson injury
SJ beats up on St Louis after nasty hit
2/22/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks continued to roll on the road, but they paid a price for the 6-3 win in St Louis on Monday night. Outplaying the host Blues early in the game, the Sharks lost Matt Tennyson to a wicked hit along the end board glass that knocked out the defenseman. Blues winger Ryan Reaves tried laying the body as Tennyson was about to play the puck, but the hit came with Tennyson too far from the boards.

Tennyson was launched head first into the glass, where he appeared to lose consciousness. The youngster fell backwards already out cold, making no attempt to break his fall. Tennyson's head then bounced off the ice to make an awful situation even worse. He would be helped off the ice, but would not return.

Reaves earned a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct, ending his evening and putting his team into a big hole. That Sharks were already holding a 1-0 lead on a Tomas Hertl goal earlier in the contest, when the young Czech tacked on a second tally while on the extended power play. Joonas Donsoi fired a shot on Blues goaltender Brian Elliott from the right side, squeezing it past the St Louis netminder. The puck sat perched in the crease where Hertl was lurking for the easy punch out.

A Robert Bortuzzo slashing penalty with time still on the Reaves major setup a 5-on-3 situation for San Jose and they made the Blues pay. Logon Couture hacked at his own rebound from the doorstep, pushing the puck through Elliott for his 7th tally of the season. Elliott was injured on the play as it appeared that he may have hyper-extended his right knee as he was forced to lean backwards in an attempt to stop the rolling puck as it made it's way across the goal line.

Jake Allen replaced Elliott, but didn't fare much better.

Couture was sent off for tripping with 3:22 left in the period, allowing the Blues to cut into the Sharks big 3-goal lead. David Backes knocked home a deflection from the doorstep after Jaden Scwartz bounced a shot off Martin Jones from the slot.

A Joel Ward penalty setup another Blues power play midway through the 2nd period, and Vladimir Tarasenko used the ensuing power play to score his 29th goal of the season.

Rather than buckle to the new found heat the Blues were applying to the Sharks lead, Couture responded 20 seconds later with his 2nd tally of the evening. San Jose was the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce, when Marc-Edouard Vlasic ripped a shot from the left point. The shot hit Melker Karlsson in the skate as the Sharks winger was cutting across the top of the crease. The puck landed right in Couture's path as he cut toward the left post, sweeping it home for the 4-2 lead.

Joe Thornton showed off a spry step in the 3rd period, when he stripped defenseman Joel Edmundson along the left wing boards, then raced in on net and slipped a backhand chance past Allen. The goal pushed the Sharks lead to 3 goals, and would have finished off most teams, but the Blues credit, they kept the heat on.

Jay Bouwmeester pumped home a shot from the point past Jones with 10:10 to play. Back to a 2-goal deficit the Blues continued to attack the Sharks net, but Jones stood tall over those final 10 minutes.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock pulled Allen for an extra attacker. Thornton used is wiley ways once again, pouncing on a puck in the Sharks zone after the Blues held the zone for an eternity. The big centerman sent a 200-foot, blind, backhand shot, down the length of the ice and into the St Louis net for the final nail in the Blues coffin.

Game Notes:

* Eight Sharks recorded points, which isn't surprising, but given that only 3 players scored goals for San Jose.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 3 1 2 6
STL 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Hertl 13 (Thornton, Pavelski), 4:44. 2, SJ, Hertl 14 (Donskoi, Vlasic), 10:18, (pp). 3, SJ, Couture 7 (Thornton, Burns), 12:59, (pp). 4, STL, Backes 15 (Schwartz, Tarasenko), 17:36, (pp).
2nd period - 5, STL, Tarasenko 29 (Shattenkirk, Lehtera), 11:25, (pp). 6, SJ, Couture 8 (Karlsson, Vlasic), 11:45.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Thornton 13 (unassisted), 7:26. 8, STL, Bouwmeester 3 (Tarasenko, Lehtera), 9:50. 9, SJ, Thornton 14 (Couture), 18:35, (en).
1st period - Reaves, STL (boarding major), 8:37; Reaves, STL (game misconduct), 8:37; Bortuzzo, STL (slashing), 12:01; Couture, SJ (tripping), 16:38.
2nd period - Broadziak, STL (tripping), 7:56; Ward, SJ (high sticking), 9:51; Zubrus, SJ (holding), 17:28.
3rd period - Broadziak, STL (tripping), 2:25.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 28 25
STL - Elliott 15 12
STL - Allen 17 15
STL - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 17 11 5 33
STL 7 13 8 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
STL 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Tomas Hertl
Vladimir Tarasenko
Referees: O'Rourke, Romasko. Linesmen: Amell, Racicot.
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