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Sharks outlast Blues
Tomas Hertl's shootout tally wins it for SJ
1/20/21 - By Mike Lee -

After stubbing their toes the last two games, the Sharks looked to fix some things that consistently led to losses last season. They used Wednesday night's contest in St Louis as a measuring stick, against a team that was a year removed from a Stanley Cup Championship. San Jose clamped down defensively on a very good hockey team, and waited them out to the shootout, where Tomas Hertl was the only skater to deposit a shot in a 2-1 win for the Sharks.

Solid goaltending for both clubs kept this one tight all night, and it was appropriate for a single goal to be scored in the shootout, which extended to 8 total shooters. Hertl kept things simple, taking a straight line to the Blues goal and netminder Jordan Binnington, who stopped 34 shots on the night. The Sharks forward snapped a shot from between the circles in the 4th round of the shootout to help the Sharks to a split in their two-game stand in St Louis.

Neither team could get much going through the first 20 minutes of the contest. with St Louis out-shooting San Jose 10-9 in the period. The absence of any offensive cohesion was rooted in sloppy play and five penalties between the two teams.

The Sharks entered play have been outscored 7-1 in the 2nd period through the first three games of the season. That trend appeared to headed in the wrong direction when Brayden Schenn scored his 2nd goal of the season at 4:27 of the period. The Blues carried the puck up ice where ice fed Jordan Kyrou in the high slot. Kyrou slid the puck forward to a dead spot, absent of any Sharks defender. Ryan Donato was late to pick up Schenn, who cut through the slot from right to left before lifting a wrist-shot past Martin Jones for the 1-0 Blues lead.

The Sharks answered with 2:03 left in the period when Marcus Sorensen converted for his 1st goal of the season. The Sharks forward swooped in from the right side to poke home a deflection after Matt Nieto tried to pump a shot on Binnington from the left side. Sorensen got his stick on the puck with defenseman Tory Krug draped all over him, diving at it to generate enough lift to get the shot over the Blues goaltender.

The inability for San Jose to establish some offensive consistency was mired by four minor penalties by Evander Kane. The Sharks forward was sent off for a pair of slashing penalties and two tripping infractions.

Sorensen just missed on a short-handed chance during Kane's final trip to the penalty box in the 3rd period. The Sharks forward just missed on a tap in attempt from the right side that bounced off the right post.

San Jose out-shot St Louis 13-4 in the 3rd period, but Binnington helped the Blues reach the bonus period and the shootout with clutch work in net.

The Sharks thought they had won the game in overtime when a Nieto shot found the back of the net, but the goal was waved off after Donato was ruled to have made incidental contact with Binnington. The Sharks forward was parked in the crease all by himself after Binnington had vacated the space to make a save on the right side. Donato was simply standing in the crease, when Binnington skated in behind him, drawing the contact that would negate San Jose's would be game-winning goal.

The overturned goal would be moot after Hertl took care of business in the shootout.

Game Notes:

* Rookie John Leonard just missed bagging his first career NHL goal in the 1st period when a rocket clipped the right post.

* The Sharks finished the game a woeful 0-for-7 on the power play. The man advantage play was one of the bright spots early in the season, but special teams play could not muster a goal. St Louis was also 0-for-5 on the power play.

* Dylan Gambrell, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Radim Simek were the only Sharks not to record a shot on goal in the game. Timo Meier led all skaters with 6 shots in the game. Kevin Labanc recrded 5 of the Sharks 34 shots.

* Not typically a big hitting team, the Sharks matched the Blues with 13 hits in the game. Patrick Marleau led the Sharks with 3 hits.

* Tomas Hertl took 23 of the Sharks 48 draws, winning 12 of them (52%).


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 1 0 0 1 2
STL 0 1 0 0 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, STL, Schenn 2 (Kyrou, Dunn), 4:27. 2, SJ, Sorensen 1 (Nieto, Ferraro), 17:57.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout- STL: Perron (miss), O'Reilly (miss), Schenn (miss), Kyrou (miss). SJ: Donatp (miss), Couture (miss), Labanc (miss), Hertl (goal).
1st period - Kane, SJ (slashing), 4:07; Perron, STL (hooking), 7:45; Parayko, STL (delay of game - puck over glass), 15:04; Kane, SJ (slashing), 16:59; Bench, STL (too many men), 17:13.
2nd period - Krug, STL (holding), 8:29.; Sundqvist, STL (slashing), 10:09; Kane, SJ (tripping), 10:16.
3rd period - Kane, SJ (tripping), 3:39; Gunnarson, STL (slashing), 8:30; Parayko, STL (holding), 10:19.
Overtime - Burns, SJ (holding), 4:55.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 24 23
STL - Binnington 35 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 11 13 1 34
STL 10 10 4 0 24
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 7
STL 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Brayden Schenn
Jordan Kyrou
Enterprise Center - attendance not available
Referees: McIsaac, Hebert . Linesmen: Alphonso, Murray.

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