(SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks will try to extend an impressive
home winning streak on Saturday night in the finale of a five-game residency
versus the St. Louis Blues.
The Sharks have won the first four games of this stay at SAP Center to push
their winning streak at home to seven straight games. That has boosted San
Jose’s record at home to 9-4-2 on the season.
A pair of rookies helped the Sharks take a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
Thursday. Defenseman Matt Tennyson scored his first career goal to tie the
game in the third period and Barclay Goodrow scored 34 seconds later for the
“Always good to get that out of the way,” Tennyson said of his first career
goal, which came in his eighth NHL game. “And it was a goal that tied it up,
so that makes it even better.”
Goodrow, meanwhile, added an assist and has a pair of goals and five points in
James Sheppard and Logan Couture also lit the lamp for the Sharks, who have
won eight of their last nine overall.
Antti Niemi stopped 25-of-28 shots in the win. He is 8-6-0 in his career
versus the Blues with a 2.53 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
San Jose scored 14 goals in winning all three meetings with St. Louis a season
ago and the Blues are coming off a defensive disappointment in Thursday’s 6-4
setback to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Blues netted four goals in the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 home win over
the Kings, but L.A. potted a trio of goals in the final frame on Thursday to
split the home-and-home set.
David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span in
the first period to give the Blues a 3-0 lead and Jori Lehtera made it a 4-3
St. Louis advantage in the second period after that edge failed to hold.
Martin Brodeur, though, was beaten six times on 37 shots as the Blues had a
five-game win streak halted.
“We were careless at times and that’s a big part of it,” said Blues coach Ken
Hitchcock. “We did a really poor job of managing the puck as the game went on
so we turned it into a track meet.”
Jake Allen may get the start for the Blues tonight and he is 2-1-0 lifetime
versus the Sharks with a 2.34 GAA and .923 save percentage.