- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist, and Chris Mason made 24 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the slumping San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Brad Boyes also scored his team-leading 28th goal, and Barret Jackman added an empty-netter for St. Louis. The Blues are 2-0 on their four-game homestand and three games over .500 (31-28-8) for the first time since Oct. 18 when they were 4-1.

Patrick Marleau scored his 35th goal for San Jose, which has slipped to second in the Western Conference during a 1-4-1 skid.


TOP STORIES
Sen. McSally not sorry for insulting CNN reporter: 'I'm a fighter pilot. I called it like it is'
Trump asks nation to pray over his impeachment, says he's done nothing wrong
Trump's legal team says in legal brief he did 'nothing wrong'


Brian Boucher, playing in place of No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov, made 23 saves for the Sharks. Nabokov missed his fifth straight game due to an undisclosed lower body injury.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, Boyes gave the Blues the lead for good. McDonald led a rush into the San Jose zone and fed the puck to Boyes, who snapped a wrist shot from the high slot past Boucher at 13:22 of the second period to make it 2-1.



Jackman sealed St. Louis’ victory when he scored into an empty net on a shot from his own end with 25.1 seconds left.

San Jose, which came into the game ranked second in the NHL on the power play (24.4 percent), took a 1-0 lead 11:30 in. Christian Erhoff got the puck in the left circle off a faceoff and centered to Marleau in the slot. Marleau then beat Mason with a wrist shot.

The Blues tied it at 16:48 when David Perron and McDonald executed a perfect 2-on-1 break. Perron brought the puck in on right wing and passed cross-ice to McDonald, who deked Boucher and slid the puck under him.

Notes:@ Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Alex Steen (lower body) were late scratches for St. Louis. … Marleau’s goal was San Jose’s league-leading, 72nd in the first period. … Boyes extended his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists).

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide