Sharks 2, Blues 1
BY STEVE OVERBEY
ST. LOUIS -- Tim Kennedy scored with just under seven minutes left to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Sharks snapped a seven-game winless streak with their first win in February.
Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season by winning its first seven games, a franchise record.
Patrik Berglund scored for the fourth game in a row for St. Louis, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Blues have lost their last five home games.
The Sharks' winless skid was their longest since a 10-game skid Nov. 5-30, 2005.
Goalie Antti Niemi made 25 saves to improve to 7-2-3.
Kennedy blasted a shot from the left faceoff circle for the game-winner. It was his second goal in just three games this season.
St. Louis goalie Jake Allen suffered the first loss of his career after winning three games on the Blues recent 3-0 road swing through Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.
Berglund put his team on top by converting from in front of the net off a pass from Vladimir Sobotka at 12:54 of the first period. Berglund leads St. Louis with nine goals.
Thornton tied the game for San Jose early in the second period. He pounced on a rebound for his fourth goal and 16th point of the season.
NOTES: The Sharks went the final 10:20 of the first period without a shot on goal. ... San Jose was playing the fourth game of a six-game road trip. The Sharks return home to face Colorado on Feb. 26. ... St. Louis has a league-leading 10 players with 10 or more points. ... This is the first of three meetings between the teams. ... The Blues beat San Jose in five games in the opening round of the 2012 Western Conference playoffs, outscoring the Sharks 14-8. ... St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman appeared in his 614th game with the team tying Bob Plager for seventh on the all-time list among defensemen. ... San Jose coach Todd McLellan has 203 wins, three shy of franchise leader Ron Wilson (206).
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