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Rare power play goal sighted at SAP Center
Mikkel Boedker propels SJ on PP tally
3/8/18 - By Mike Lee -

It wasn't an offensive masterpiece, but the Sharks mustered enough to knock off the St Louis Blues 2-0 at SAP Center on Thursday night. More importantly, San Jose scored a power play goal to break a franchise worst 0-for-29 streak that saw their 3rd ranked power play fall to 16th in the league. Mikkel Boedker scored his 13th goal of the season to provide Sa Jose with all the offense they would need as Martin Jones recorded his 19th career shutout.

Jones only needed to make 16 saves for the shutout, as his teammates smothered the Blues all night. The Blues only generated 2 shots on goal in the 3rd period. That was huge given that the two teams entered the final frame tied 0-0. The Blues second half collapse was magnified by their inability to generate any offensive chances in that key 3rd period.

Both teams played a defensive minded 1st period, although the Sharks did out-shoot the Blues 9-4 in the period. San Jose controlled much of the zone time in the period with an aggressive forecheck early in the game. St Louis didn't record their first shot on goal until the 8 minute mark.

Joonas Donskoi had the best scoring chance of the period when he drew the puck back after cutting to his left around defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, but was denied when he was tripped in front of the Blues net.

A Vince Dunn hooking penalty at 4:58 of the 2nd period put the Sharks on the power play, which has been nothing less than a disaster the last month. The man-advantage did little to convince anyone that the streak will end anytime soon. The toothless special teams unit failed to convert to extend their draught to 29 straight power play chances without a goal.

Both teams picked up the pace in the 2nd period, but neither could force the puck to the net for any decent scoring chances. San Jose would out-shoot St Louis 12-10 in the period.

The 3rd period looked to be more of the same until the Blues blinked.

A Kyle Brodziak holding the stick penalty would setup a second power play chance for the Sharks, and they would finally get something past Jake Blues goaltender Jake Allen. Mikkel Boedker did the honors by rifling a short feed from Joonas Donskoi past Allen from the high slot, bagging his 13th goal of the season.

The goalless drought was the longest in the NHL since the 1958-59 Boston Bruins went 0-for-40.

Evander Kane just missed on a chance form the doorstep with 3:58 to play when a Joe Pavelski shot bounced off Allen with the new Sharks forward parked at the top of the crease. Kane gathered the puck and tried to jam it past Allen, but the puck rolled off his stick blade right into the goaltender who was flat on the ice.

The Blues were forced to pull Allen with just under 2 minutes to play in an attempt to bag the equalizer, but Tomas Hertl put the game out of reach with an empty-net tally at 19:45.

The win allowed the Sharks to hop-scotch the Anaheim Ducks in the standings. The Ducks lost to Nashville 4-2 earlier in the evening. The Los Angeles Kings kept pace with a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals, who will visit SAP Center on Saturday afternoon in a rare matinee.

Game Notes:

* Chris Tierney had his bell rung in the opening period when Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo checked him into the side glass. Tierney's head bounced off the glass, which required a trip to the locker room. The Sharks forward returned to the game in the 2nd period.

* The Sharks out-shot the Blues 36-16 in the game. Every Shark skater recorded a shot on goal with the exception of forward Eric Fehr and defenseman Dylan Demelo.

* Former Sharks farm hand Carter Hutton was scheduled to start in net for St Louis, but was scratched after sustaining an injury in the morning skate. Jake Allen got the start for St Louis in his place.


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1 2 3 T
STL 0 0 0 0
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SJ, Boedker 13 (Donskoi, Demelo), 12:12, (pp). 2, SJ, Hertl 16 (Burns), 19:45, (en).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Dunn, STL (hooking), 4:58.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (hooking), 4:12; Brodziak, STL (holding the stick), 10:30.
Shots Saves
STL - Allen 35 34
STL - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 16 16
SJ - empty net
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
STL 4 10 2 16
SJ 9 12 15 36
Power Play Conversion
STL 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Mikkel Boedker
Martin Jones
Jake Allen
SAP Center - 17,400
Referees: O'Rourke, Rooney. Linesmen: Murchison, Kovachik.
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