Blues 3, Sharks 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Brett Hull, recently troubled by the flu, came back to score two goals Saturday night and lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks are 16 games under .500 with the second-worst record in the league (6-22-4) and are 2-16-0 against the Blues since joining the league in 1991.
The Blues led 3-2 after two periods on Hull’s goals and a score by Shayne Corson. Hull, who also had an assist, missed action in the last 1 1/2 games because of his illness.
Corson scored on a power play at 2:17 of the first period from the slot after taking a pass from Dale Hawerchuk.
Hull, who left the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and missed Thursday’s game, scored his 19th at 17:25 of the first. Hull took the puck in the neutral zone, skated in untouched and flipped the puck over a sprawling Chris Terreri for his 19th goal.
Ray Sheppard scored his 17th at 26 seconds of the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. Craig Janney set the goal up with a pass to Sheppard.
Hull gave the Blues a two-goal lead again at 4:42 on a 2-on-1 power-play rush with Peter Zezel. Zezel passed to Hull, who backhanded the puck into the open side of the goal.
Doug Rodger scored a power-play goal for San Jose at 16:40 to make the score 3-2. Rodger fired a slap shot from the top of the slot that sailed between goalie Grant Fuhr’s legs.
Geoff Courtnall had two assists for the Blues.
The Sharks are 3-4-0 since Jim Wiley was named coach on Dec. 2.