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Sharks shelled on Military Appreciation Night
Blues blitz the Sharks in 4-0 win
1/14/17 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks honored our men and women in the military on Saturday by going AWOL and getting shelled by the St Louis Blues at SAP Center. It was Military Appreciation night in San Jose, complete with people rappelling from the rafters, Joe Thornton conducting bayonet demonstrations on the ice, and the Sharks getting blitzed at home.

After dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the Calgary Flames in their last game, the Sharks had the opportunity to pounce on a wounded team in the St Louis Blues, against their backup goaltender, for Sharks prospect Carter Hutton.

San Jose played a 20 minute hockey game, and then let the adversity of an opponent lead suck the life out of the building. The Blues were coming off a 5-1 shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, and they used that as motivation to play lockdown defensive hockey. Suppressing the Sharks offense eventually led to offensive chances that were enough to snuff out any energy from San Jose.

The Sharks jumped on the Blues out of the gate, but little issues denied San Jose from taking advantage of a flurry of scoring chances. The biggest miss was a Joe Pavelski chance from the left side that was a slam dunk for the Sharks captain last season. On this night, that chance hit the outside of the net, missing the goal mouth by a foot.

The wheels fell off after a golden opportunity was turned upside down in the 2nd period. Alex Steen and Alex Pietrangelo took penalties 11 seconds apart, setting up a lengthy 5-on-3 power play for San Jose, but Pavelski offset the 2-man advantage by taking an interference penalty.

The Blues killed off both of their penalties, then Colton Parayko uncorked a shot from the right point that clipped Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick before slipping under Martin Jones' right arm and into the net. Just like that a 2-man advantage turned into a 1-0 deficit.

The Sharks challenged the goal, citing an offside earlier in the play, but officials deemed the video evidence to be inconclusive.

The Blues made it a 2-0 game 5 minutes later when shot by Parayako hit Brendan Dillon's skate at the end line, deflecting the puck to the side of the net. David Perron gathered the fortuitous deflection and jammed it through a sliver of a gap between Jones' left skate and the right post. The puck literally slipped on end and hopped over Jones' skate blade, which was pressed up against the pipe.

Things just went downhill from there.

Thornton was irritated by Paul Stastny enough to jab at the Blues forward with his stick and drawing a spearing major. Stastny dropped to ice clutching his abdomen as if Thornton's stick had impaled him. Stastny's theatrics were enough to get Thornton tossed.

Kevin Shattenkirk took a hooking penalty 15 seconds into Thornton's 5 minute major penalty, which balanced things and allowed the Sharks to stave off the Blues for the remainder of the period.

St Louis went into lockdown mode in the 3rd period, but still managed to build on their lead. The Blues would take 3 shots in the period, and scored on two of them.

Pietrangelo ripped a shot 9:16 into the period from the left point that would have sailed wide right of the net, but Jori Lehtera clipped the puck with his stick blade, redirecting it past Jones for the 3-0 lead. The stick work was impressive given the trajectory of the puck and that the Blues forward was facing the net and caught the puck from essentially his backhand.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer elected to pull Jones with more than 5 minutes to play for an extra attacker. Given San Jose's discombobulated approach to the game, all the move did was help pad the Blues offensive stats.

Steen would pot an empty net goal with Jones on the bench to cap the game's scoring at 4-0, but the game had been decided long before. St Louis used the rest of the game to harass players like Timo Meier, who has some seasoning to do. With Micheal Haley engaged with Ryan Reaves, Robert Bortuzzo elected to grab Meier by the neck during a stoppage. The Sharks forward did nothing to respond.

Sort of like everyone else in teal.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks honored WWII veteran Isaiah Breaux before the game by having the 93 year-old Purple Heart recipient drop the ceremonial opening faceoff.

* Defenseman David Schlemko returned to the Sharks lineup after missing the last five games.

* Joe Thornton, Paul Martin, Timo Meier and Mikkel Boedker were the only skaters not on the ice for a Blues goal.

* The game misconduct was Thornton's 4th as a Shark.


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1 2 3 T
STL 0 2 2 4
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, STL, Parayko 2 (Stastny, Shattenkirk), 5:27, (pp). 2, STL, Perron 11 (Parayko, Fabbri), 10:01.
3rd period - 3, STL, Lehtera 5 (Pietrangelo, Tarasenko), 9:16. 4, STL, Steen 5 (Schwartz), 14:37 (en).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Steen, STL (slashing), 2:52; Pietrangelo, STL (slashing), 3:03; Pavelski, SJ (interference), 4:18; Thornton, SJ (major spearing), 11:09; Thornton, SJ (game misconduct)), 11:09; Shattenkirk, STL (hooking), 11:24; Bench, STL (too many men), 12:04.
3rd period - Reaves, STL (roughing), 19:24; Reaves, STL (roughing), 19:24; Haley, SJ (roughing), 19:24; Haley, SJ (roughing), 19:24.
Shots Saves
STL - Hutton 23 23
SJ - Jones 25 22
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
STL 10 13 3 26
SJ 7 11 5 23
Power Play Conversion
STL 1 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Carter Hutton
Colton Parayko
Alex Steen
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Leggo, Skilliter. Linesmen: Rody, Grandt.
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