During a quick, one game stint at home the San Jose Sharks fell to the St. Louis Blues by the final score 4-3 in another game that went to overtime.
It was a bad loss for the Sharks who carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. Also, Antti Niemi was pulled after letting in a few soft goals. Backup goaltender Alex Stalock filled in nicely until he allowed the deflected goal to get by him in overtime.
The first period started off fast with both teams going end-to-end and getting a few scoring chances each. Just five minutes into the game the Blues struck first. The goal was scored by Vladimir Sobotka after the Blues had a few shifts in a row of sustained pressure in the San Jose zone.
Later on in the period, with about five minutes left, the San Jose Sharks scored their first goal of the game after Logan Couture was able to put the puck passed the St. Louis goaltender after Wingels did most of the work by driving the puck to the net. He and rookie Matt Irwin picked up the assists on the play.
In the second San Jose widened their lead with the second goal of the season for Scott Gomez who was in front of the net and banged one home after linemates Clowe and Sheppard did most of the work in front. Clowe picked up his seventh assists of the season while Sheppard his third.
Midway through the third the game started getting very chippy in the San Jose zone after another bout of sustained pressure from the Blues. Although no fights came out of it, the hit totals kept on going up, and after two periods the Sharks led in hits 25-16.
With three and a half minutes left in the period Matt Irwin scored his second goal of the season after he blasted a puck passed netminder Jake Allen on San Jose’s first power play of the game. Gomez picked up his second point of the afternoon with one of the two assists. Also, once again, Ryane Clowe was providing a screen in front.
The Third period did not start well for San Jose who gave up two goals in the first five and a half minutes of the period. Both goals were scored by Sobotka, one coming on a power play, to complete his hat trick. After the two goals, it was tied at three goal apiece. Also, after the goal Antti Niemi was pulled in favor of Alex Stalock because both goals were very stoppable.
Right after the goal the chippiness picked back up again and the Blues ended up with a power play after the mess. On the insuing power play St. Louis was unable to score. Alex Stalock also looked strong making a couple great saves early with the Blues trying to test him early and often.
The Sharks got a power play of their own late in the game but were unable to score and the game ended going to another overtime game. The Blues outshot San Jose 10-5 in the period.
In overtime, after the Sharks fail to clear the zone when they got the chance, Patrick Berglund scored his 12th goal of the season on a deflection on a shot by defenseman Barret Jackman. The Blues took the victory 4-3 in overtime.
My Three Stars
1. Vladimir Sobotka (3 goals)
2. Scott Gomez (1 goal, 1 assists)
3. Patrick Berglund (game-winning OT goal)