The Sharks (63-1-0) continued their homestand with a game against the St. Louis Blue (21-31-11). The Sharks had won all three previous contests this season.
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 17)
In their first meeting of the season, the Sharks had goals scored by Vincent Damphousse, Alexander Korolyuk and Marco Sturm, as well as two goals by Teemu Selanne. The Sharks outshot the Blues 39-20, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 20 Blues shots to give the Sharks a 5-0 victory.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blue (Game 32)
The second game of the season between the Sharks and Blues took place in the Savvis Center in St. Louis. Both teams were held off the scoresheet until late in the 2nd period when Dan McGillis for the Sharks scored a powerplay one-timer goal on an assist from Brad Stuart. Vincent Damphousse then scored another one-time goal on a feed from Lynn Loyns while on a delayed penalty call, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd period. Brad Stuart would score in the 3rd period for the Sharks and Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 15 St. Louis shots to give the Sharks a 3-0 victory.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues (Game 40)
Going into this game, this Blues had not scored a goal against the Sharks all season. In this contest, hosted again in St. Louis, the Sharks scored six straight goals before Dallas Drake converted for St. Louis on a powerplay goal to give the Blues their first goal against San Jose this season. Scott Mellanby would score on a breakaway for St. Louis in the 3rd period, but the Sharks would add two more goals to win the game 8-2. Sharks Dan McGillis scored two goals and Teemu Selanne registered a hat trick, in the victory, which saw the Sharks outshoot the Blues 31-29.
Tonight's Game: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 65)
Tonight's game saw the Sharks jump to a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Marco Sturm halfway through the 1st period. Neither team scored in the 2nd period, but midway through the 3rd period Adam Graves, the Sharks' newest acquisition, buried a powerplay goal on a feed from Vincent Damphousse to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. Graves then scored on another one-timer from an assist from Dan McGillis with 48.4 seconds left in the 3rd period to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead. Doug Weight then took a hooking penalty for St. Louis, giving the Sharks a powerplay to end the game. Despite being shorthanded, the Blues began pressuring the Sharks, forcing Vincent Damphousse to send the puck down the ice to seemingly end the game. However, Adam Graves outraced Chris Pronger to negate the icing call and, with less than a second left in the game, Graves buried the puck to complete his natural hat trick and give the Sharks a 4-0 victory. It was the latest goal scored by a Shark in regulation this season.
The Sharks will continue their homestand as they host the Montreal Canadiens for the first meeting between the teams this season. The game will take place tomorrow night at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.