NHL Game Summary - San Jose at St. Louis
(Tuesday, February 19th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Tim Kennedy produced the game-winning score
late in the third period, as the San Jose Sharks ended a seven-game losing
streak with a 2-1 decision over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
Joe Thornton also scored and Antti Niemi came up with 25 saves for the Sharks,
who hadn't won since a Jan. 31 triumph capped a streak of seven consecutive
victories from the start of the season.
"They're a big, strong team over there and to get two points in this building
is huge," said Kennedy. "You know we have to do a lot of traveling in a short
span here and anytime you can get a win on the road it's big."
Patrik Berglund provided the sole offense for the Blues, whose three-game win
streak came to an end. Jake Allen played well in defeat, stopping 23 shots.
"This is a common thing we've been doing these past four or five games," said
St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "There's too many passengers on this team
who aren't pulling their own weight. When you put skill ahead of work, maybe
you get away with it for a little bit, but it catches up with you."
San Jose went up by a goal with 6:58 remaining in the third period. Tommy
Wingels threaded a soft lead pass into the St. Louis zone on the left wing
between three defenders, and Kennedy fired away from the outer portion of the
left circle past an unscreened Allen.
Allen was pulled inside of two minutes to play, but hope for a tying goal
evaporated when Blues forward Alex Steen was called for tripping with 47
seconds to go.
Berglund struck on the power play with 7:06 left in the opening period,
tapping home a Vladimir Sobotka feed from the left side.
Thornton equalized for the visitors 3:55 into the second on a shot from the
slot, converting a Dan Boyle rebound from the left side of the crease.
The Sharks had gone 0-4-3 since that 3-2 shootout victory over Edmonton,
giving the club their longest losing streak since dropping 10 in a row (0-7-3)
from Nov. 5-30, 2005 ... Berglund has scored in a career-best four straight
games ... Allen had won each of his first three starts for St. Louis, falling
two short of the club record of five straight wins set by Reinhard Divis from
Oct. 15, 2002 to Jan. 15, 2004 ... Prior to the game, the Blues shipped
forward prospect Jani Lajunen to the Predators for defenseman Scott Ford.
02/20 01:40:46 ET
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