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Sharks lose battle of the basement
Blues snap 8-game losing streak with 5-3 win over SJ
11/10/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks hit the road on a 4-game, 6-day trip, starting in what should have been the easiest city to break their 4-game losing streak in St Louis. The Blues entered play having lost 8 consecutive games, but that streak would be snapped as they dispatched the Sharks 5-3 at Enterprise Center. The Sharks tied the game 3 times throughout the contest, but a pair of 3rd period goals would do in San Jose, who have fallen for the 12th time in 15 games this season.

With the Blues reeling and a 4 day break for the Sharks, this should have been the night to get into the win column. It wasn't to be as they had to play catch up all night. They couldn't overcome the last deficit.

Torey Krug staked the Blues to the early 1-0 lead just 2:30 into the contest when he threw the puck at the new from the right corner. The defenseman was deep in the Sharks zone following a faceoff win, and flipped the puck at Kaapo Khakonen from the end line. The Sharks goaltender just didn't seal off the right post, allowing the puck to find a seam and an early deficit.

The Sharks got that goal back with 3:40 to play in the period when a pin-balling puck found its way past goaltender Jordan Binnington. Erik Karlsson fired the puck on net from the blueline, but Kevin Labanc tipped in on its way in. The redirected puck caught Timo Meier in the skate, which deflected it over to the right side where defenseman Justin Faulk tried to glove it, but it flicked off his glove and into the Blues goal. Meier was credited with his 6th goal of the season on the play.

Jaycob Megna was sent off for holding, even though it was more of a soufflé wrestling move at 5:34 of the 2nd period. The intent was to stop St Louis from scoring, which they would do on the ensuing power play.

One thing that still works with the Blues is their ability to move the puck on the man-advantage. With Megna in the box, St Louis cycled the puck to th eright corner, drawing two defenders to that vicinity. Pavel Buchnevich recognized the imbalance, and sent a pass through the slot to Jordan Kyrou on the off wing for a slam dunk goal. The tally was Kyrou's 4th of the season.

Tomas Hertl tied the game 6 minutes later when a Kevin Labanc shot kicked off Binnington and landed right in front of him. Binnington had to cover teh right post as Labanc and Mario Ferraro were stacked on that side of the ice. Hertl was cruising through the slot when the puck found him for an easy deposit into a wide open net.

Brandon Saad helped St Louis reclaim the lead with 1:52 remaining in the period. The Sharks got caught in their own end on an extended shift as Josh Leivo carried the puck behind San Jose's net. Leivo spotted Saad floating down the slot between two defenders and fed him with a pass out of the left post. Saad one-timed the feed past Khakonen for his 1st goal of the season.

The Sharks came out of the 2nd intermission on a mission. Logan Couture re-tied the game 86 seconds into period. Karlsson threw a puck to the front of the net, where Couture deflected it past Binnington. It was Couture's 5th of the season.

Calle Rosen pushed the Blues back on top at 8:20 on a shot from inside the blueline. Khakonen had a good look at the long shot but it slipped past him on low to the stick side.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic setup Nico Sturm with a pass in tight 2 minutes later, but the German forward whiffed on the puck, missing on a wide open net that would have tied the game.

San Jose pulled Khakonen with 2 minutes left in regulation. That enabled the Blues to stat pad, with an empty net goal by Noel Acciari.

Game Notes:

* Now that the Sharks big-money guys are starting to score, the supporting cast has gone cold. Nico Sturm was the offense the first two weeks of the season. He hasn't scored in 5 games. He missed on a sure goal in the 3rd period, whiffing on a Marc-Edouard Vlasic feed that should have found the back of the net.

* Steven Lorentz was scratched for the first time this season. The forward had played in all 14 games prior to the St Louis game, scoring a single goal and adding a pair of assists. Evgeny Svechnikov and Scott Harrington joined Lorentz in the press box.

* Brandon Saad's goal was his 27th point in 30 career games versus the Sharks.

* Erik Karlsson has recorded 15 points in the last 6 games. Timo Meier has 10 points in his last 6 games. Tomas Hertl has 8 points in his last 5 games.

* The Sharks head to Dallas, where they will face a relatively hot Stars team. Dallas won all three games last week before falling to Winnipeg on Tuesday night.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
STL 1 2 2 5
1st period - 1, STL, Krug 2 (Schenn, Faulk), 2:30. 2, SJ, Meier 6 (Labanc, Karlsson), 16:19.
2nd period - 3, STL, Kyrou 4 (Buchnevich, Thomas), 6:59, (pp). 4, SJ, Hertl 3 (Labanc, Ferraro), 13:05. 5, STL, Saad 1 (Leivo, Rosen), 18:08.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Couture 5 (Karlsson), 1:26. 7, STL, Rosen 1 (Thomas, Tarasenko), 8:20. 8, STL, Acciari 2 (Buchnevich), 19:41, (en).
1st period - Ferraro, SJ (slashing), 7:02.
2nd period - Megna, SJ (holding), 5:34.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Khakonen 32 28
SJ - empty net 1 0
STL - Binnington 30 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 10 9 30
STL 9 18 6 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 0
STL 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Calle Rosen
Robert Thomas
Erik Karlsson
Enterprise Center - 18,096
Referees: #4 Wes McCauley, #8 Francois StLaurent . Linesmen: #94 Bryan Pancich, #68 CJ Murray .

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