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Sharks finally breaks out in 5-1 win
Kaapo Kahkonen makes 45 saves to keep Blues off the board
11/16/2023 - By Mike Lee

It took 17 games but the Sharks finally recorded a blow out victory. The fact that it came against a team on a 3-game winning streak and potential playoff contender in the St Louis Blues made it all the more rewarding for a team that hasn't had many successes this season. Mike Hoffman led the Sharks with a pair of goals in the win and Kaapo Kahkonen recorded 45 saves to earn his first win of the season, as San Jose rolled 5-1.

For the downtrodden in teal, it was nice to see some smiles on the ice for once. The big change in the Sharks game came in the form or a marked increase in the number of shots they put on their opponent. They set the tone by out-shooting St Louis 15-11 in the opening period, then used a bushel of attempts to knock out the Blues early in the 2nd period.

Mike Hoffman staked the Sharks to the early 1-0 lead on a easy deposit into a wide open net at 2:02. The Sharks moved the puck over to the right side, drawing the Blues defense and goaltender Joel Hofer to the strong side. Nico Sturm received a pass from Filip Zadina off the right wing boards, then took a stride toward the net before sliding the puck to the left of the slot for Hoffman. The forward had a wide open net to shoot at, collecting his 2nd tally of the season.

It took the Blues 9:37 to generate their first shot on goal. Kasperi Kapanen ripped a shot from 15 feet out that goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen smothered to preserve the Sharks lead.

San Jose started their goal scoring spree just 17 seconds into the 2nd period when William Eklund tipped a Nikita Okhotiuk shot. Okhotiuk ripped a blast from the left point with Eklund lurking in the high slot. The shot beat Blues goaltender Joel Hofer just inside the right post.

Givani Smith's grumpy disposition early in the contest was turned upside down when he scored his 1st goal as a Shark at 2:39. Ryan Carpenter tried to hit Luke Kunin with a pass out of the left corner, but the puck bounced off Kunin near the slot and redirected right so Smith who trailed his path. Smith immediately put the puck on net, beating Hofer to make it a 3-0 game.

The same line scored 56 seconds later when Smith found Kunin cutting down the slot for a shot attempt that slid between Hofer and the right post. Smith snapped a pass from the right corner after retrieving a deflected pass. The goal was Kunin's 4th of the season.

Blues head coach Craig Berube had seen enough and immediately called timeout and pulled Hofer and inserted Jordan Binnington.

San Jose made it a 5-0 game when Hoffman added his 2nd tally of the night. Filip Zadina threw the puck up ice after recognizing that Hoffman had position on defenseman Colton Parayko. Hoffman collected the lead pass at center ice and raced in on Binnington before snapping a waist-high shot home.

Kahkonen lost the shutout with 6 minutes left in the game when a Justin Faulk shot was deflected by Pavel Buchnevich, who was parked at the top of the crease.

Game Notes:

* Anthony Duclair returned to the lineup after missing the last three games fighting a bout with Strep.

* St Louis entered play with an 8-game wining streak against the Sharks, including the last 5 at SAP Center. St Louis had 5th best defense in the league before the game started. They were blown out by was is undoubtedly the worst offense in the league.

* Givani Smith became the 300th Shark to score a goal courtesy of Darren Stephens).

* Luke Kunin extended his goal scoring streak to 3 games. Mike Hoffman has a 2-game streak. Ryan Carpenter has 3 assists over his last 2 games.

* San Jose gets a rare weekend off. The schedule does not call for another game until Monday


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1 2 3 T
STL 0 0 1 1
SJ 1 4 0 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Hoffman 2 (Sturm, Zadina), 2:02.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Eklund 3 (Okhotiuk), 0:17. 3, SJ, Smith 1 (Kunin, Carpenter), 2:39. 4, SJ, Kunin 4 (Smith, Carpenter), 3:25. 5, SJ, Hoffman 3 (Zadina, Okhotiuk), 13:45.
3rd period - 6, STL, Buchnevich 5 (Faulk, Thomas), 13:55.
1st period - Burroughs, SJ (cross checking), 4:17.
2nd period - Ferraro, SJ (high sticking), 7:24; Vrana, STL (tripping), 15:23; Sturm, SJ (tripping), 18:42.
3rd period - Hoffman, SJ (tripping), 16:59.
Shots Saves
STL - Hofer 21 17
STL - Binnington 14 12
SJ - Khakonen 46 45
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
STL 11 16 19 46
SJ 15 12 8 35
Power Play Conversion
STL 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Kaapo Kahkonen
Mike Hoffman
Givani Smith
SAP Center - 10,452
Referees: #48 Beau Halkidis, #5 Chris Rooney. Linesmen: #91 Ben O'Quinn, #65 Tommy Hughes .

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