Sharks 7, Blues 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks were relieved and relaxed after their first win of the season. The St. Louis Blues were frustrated and perplexed after yet another blown game.
Owen Nolan had a goal and three assists as the San Jose Sharks scored five straight goals in the third period to defeat St. Louis 7-3 Saturday night. The Sharks had gone 0-7-4 in their first 11 games.
``Confidence is going to start setting in now,″ Nolan said. ``Now we know what it takes to win. If we’re willing to pay the price like that every night, we’re going to win a lot of games.″
The Blues, who led 3-1 late in the second period, were outshot 13-2 in the final period. They have lost three straight games.
``The third period was very disheartening. To be pretty much humiliated in the period, I don’t think that can be excused,″ said Blues coach Mike Keenen. ``I’ve never seen anything like this happen to any team I’ve ever coached.″
Craig Janney, traded from St. Louis to the Sharks last season, added a goal and two assists for San Jose. Jeff Friesen, Jamie Baker, Kevin Miller, Andrei Nazarov and Ulf Dahlen added goals for the Sharks.
Geoff Courtnall, Roman Vopat and Brian Noonan scored power-play goals for the Blues.
The Sharks scored the last six goals of the game against a Blues team missing leading scorer Brett Hull for the first time in more than two years.
Hull missed a regular-season game for the first time since Oct. 16, 1993, a span of 141 contests. A pulled groin that forced him to miss the last two periods of Wednesday’s loss at Anaheim has put Hull on injured reserve.
Hull has led the Blues in goals scored the past seven years and is leading St. Louis again this season with eight goals and seven assists.
Courtnall got his first goal of the season 7:11 into the game, completing a two-on-one break with former Shark Jeff Norton. Vopat got his first goal of the season less than four minutes later, sliding a wrist shot through the legs of San Jose goalie Arturs Irbe.
Janney scored a power-play goal with 4:36 left in the first period.
St. Louis took a 3-1 lead on Noonan’s goal just five seconds into a two-man advantage early in the second period, but it was to be their last goal of the night.
Friesen scored late in the second period, and the Sharks dominated the final period. Baker got his 50th NHL goal, Miller gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead, Nolan and Nazarov added power-play goals and Dahlen finished the scoring with an unassisted goal with 3:40 left in the game.