NHL Game Summary - San Jose at St. Louis
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: San Jose 7, St. Louis 6
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jonathan Cheechoo's first goal of the season proved to be a game-winner, as he scored with less than two minutes to play to give the San Jose Sharks a wild 7-6 win over St. Louis at the Savvis Center.
Nicholas Dimitrakos scored a pair of goals and Patrick Marleau converted a penalty shot for the Sharks, who led early but were twice forced to fight back from a two-goal deficit.
Jamal Mayers contributed two goals and Scott Young had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which has lost its first three games of the young season.
San Jose, facing a two-goal deficit in the third period, scored twice in 27 seconds to knot the game at 5-5. Tom Preissing one-timed a Marleau feed past Patrick Lalime, and Dimitrakos quickly followed with a rebound goal at the 5:38 mark.
Mayers then took a shot from behind the net that deflected off of Evgeni Nabokov's back and in to give St. Louis a temporary advantage, but Brad Stuart evened the score with a slapshot from the point with 7:01 remaining.
Cheechoo scored the game-winner at the 18:06 mark, wrapping behind the net before popping out in the slot and beating Lalime short side.
The Sharks raced out to a 2-0 lead after Nils Ekman scored an even strength goal 4:30 into the contest and Marleau followed with a penalty shot tally about three minutes later.
St. Louis, however, scored four unanswered goals to erase the deficit and assume control of the game. Christian Backman, Mayers and Young all poured in first period scores, and Petr Cajanek flipped a rebound shot over the left shoulder of Nabokov 2:13 into the second to make it 4-2.
San Jose's Dimitrakos and the Blues' Jeff Hoggan exchanged goals late in the second period to make it 5-3 in favor of St. Louis.
Lalime stopped 32 shots for the Blues.
San Jose and St. Louis split four meetings in 2003-04, before the Sharks toppled the Blues in five games during the first round of the playoffs...San Jose has yet to play a home game this season. The Sharks' home opener is Wednesday versus Columbus.
10/08 23:34:25 ET