Blues 4, Sharks 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Brian Elliott stayed calm and cool in his first start. He also got a little lucky. Elliott stopped 34 of 36 shots, including a point-blank shot in the third period, and Kent Huskins and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to lift the St. Louis Blues past the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night. "Credit the guys for getting back on track," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "San Jose got us way back on our heels in the second period. Fortunately, our goalie made some big saves." Matt D'Agostini and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who ended a three-game winless streak to the Sharks by winning their first game here in nearly two years. "We expected to give up a few more shots in this building and against that team," Elliott said. "We were ready for that and the guys did a good job." Brent Burns and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, who lost their second game in as many nights. "We didn't make a lot of mistakes," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "But we made enough for them to score." Thomas Greiss had 16 saves for San Jose. Elliott turned back the Sharks despite being under pressure most of the night. The biggest of his 13 saves in the final period was stopping Dan Boyle's shot during a power play. "The puck kind of squirted loose and he had a clear shot," Elliott said. "It was a desperation play to get over and get anything in front of it. It happened to go into my glove and I'm happy for that. Those are the fun saves to make." Greiss, who played in San Jose's loss to Anaheim on Friday night, was back in the net although Antti Niemi said he felt good enough to play. "The puck seemed to be bouncing off the ice pretty badly," Boyle said. "You have to keep it simple, especially on bad ice. We started to do that in the second period. We just need to simply things and keep playing hard." D'Agostini picked off a pass in front of the Sharks net at 2:37 of the first period and beat Greiss to give the Blues the early edge. Handzus tied the game with a power-play goal in the second period, picking up Ryane Clowe's rebound and getting it past Elliott. Burns' shot on the net deflected off a defenseman and floated past Elliott to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead in the second period. Huskins picked up a loose puck along the boards and fired an unassisted goal past Greiss into the upper left corner to tie the score at 4:33 of the third. "I was just trying to get it to the net," Huskins said. "It just kind of found its way through." A nifty give-and-go between Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk resulted in the go-ahead goal at 9:18. Backes added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Notes: Huskins scored his first goal against the Sharks in 16 career games. ... Clowe has three points in his first three games. ... Jim Vandermeer made his Sharks debut. ... Blues F Andy McDonald missed the game.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:37STL Matt D'Agostini (2) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 STL
18:44SJS PPG - Michal Handzus (2) ASST: Ryane Clowe (1), Jason Demers (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:18SJS Brent Burns (1) ASST: Ryane Clowe (2), Torrey Mitchell (2) 2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
04:33STL Kent Huskins (1) ASST: NONE 2 - 2 Tie
09:18STL Alexander Steen (2) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (2), Jason Arnott (2) 3 - 2 STL
19:33STL EN - David Backes (1) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (2), Vladimir Sobotka (1) 4 - 2 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .944SH: 0-0
Ryane Clowe
Ryane Clowe
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -2TOI: 17:00
Kent Huskins
Kent Huskins
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:56STL Barret Jackman  Elbowing against  Andrew Murray
01:56SJS Ryane Clowe  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
08:32SJS Andrew Murray  Hooking against  Evgeny Grachev
13:16SJS Brad Winchester  Holding the stick against  Alexander Steen
17:04STL David Backes  Interference against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
16:01SJS Michal Handzus  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
13:51STL Chris Stewart  Tripping against  Brent Burns
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/2
Faceoff Wins2133
Blocked Shots2616
Penalty Minutes68
5B. JackmanD0010217:41
6K. HuskinsD1022015:50
12S. NicholC000008:07
17V. SobotkaL0120018:40
20A. SteenL1023017:49
21P. BerglundC0012018:27
22K. ShattenkirkD0110016:41
25C. StewartR0013218:52
27A. PietrangeloD0011022:31
32C. PorterL000006:57
36M. D'AgostiniR1023013:31
42D. BackesR1002219:20
44J. ArnottC0110012:18
46R. PolakD0001022:14
64N. NikitinD0011022:07
74T. OshieR00-11019:00
78E. GrachevC000008:38
1B. Elliott3436.94460:00
2J. VandermeerD000109:23
3D. MurrayD0002018:03
5C. WhiteD00-10012:36
8J. PavelskiC00-16023:31
10B. WinchesterL00-2029:54
12P. MarleauL00-13021:07
17T. MitchellC0112015:30
19J. ThorntonC00-13023:24
22D. BoyleD00-14027:13
26M. HandzusC1001213:42
28A. MurrayC0000210:17
29R. CloweL02-22217:00
39L. CoutureC00-11017:30
44M. VlasicD0002018:01
60J. DemersD01-21012:51
64J. McGinnL0002010:56
69A. DesjardinsL00-2209:54
88B. BurnsD10-24021:53
1T. Greiss1619.84259:15