The San Jose Sharks played host to a formidable opponent Saturday night at SAP Center. The St. Louis Blues were looking to redeem themselves after an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and the Sharks were looking to cap off their first five-game winning streak of the season. Fans were treated to a special game Thursday evening when the Oilers were in town, and the Sharks found themselves battling back to victory lead by their rookie core.
It seemed the night was going to be a long one for the Sharks, as the Blues had them on their heels for the entirety of the first period, in which San Jose only recorded two shots. And just like against Edmonton, the Sharks found themselves in the same position, as they were playing from behind with just seconds left when defenseman Marc Edouard-Vlasic was the recipient of a perfect tape-to-tape pass from Joe Thornton which resulted in him scoring the tying goal with just 20.6 seconds left to play in regulation.
In overtime, when the Blues Alex Steen was pegged for a tripping call just as Sharks forward Joe Pavelski seemed to be off to the races, it again became time to showcase the one consistent bright spot the Sharks have had this season: the power play. Defenseman Brent Burns sent a bobbled puck to Pavelski to slow down the play, only to get the puck right back and rip one past Blues goaltender Jake Allen on a one-timer at the 4:22 mark of the overtime period to seal the game.
Steve Ott and Patrick Burglund recorded goals for the Blues. It was Ott’s first goal in ten months, as well as his first goal since joining the club after being traded from the Sabres. Blues captain David Backes also played in his 600th NHL game as a member of the Blues Saturday night.