Sharks 2, Blues 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tim Kennedy and the San Jose Sharks were happy to end their long winless streak.

Kennedy scored on a wobbling shot in the third period and Antti Niemi made 25 saves to help the Sharks end a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

The seven-game streak was the Sharks' longest since a 10-game run Nov. 5-30, 2005.

Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season with a franchise-record seven successive wins.

St. Louis has dropped five consecutive home games for the first time since losing five in a row Dec. 18, 2009, to Jan. 2, 2010. The Blues also had a three-game winning streak halted. They were coming off a perfect road trip with wins in Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.

Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal at 13:02 on a shot from the left faceoff circle that eluded goalie Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.

"I don't know how that quite went through him - but it's a goal," Kennedy said. "The puck came off the wall and I just fired it. You can't score if you don't shoot."

Kennedy scored for the second time in just three games this season. His fluttering shot seemed to surprise Allen.

"It was kind of a knuckler, it sort of wobbled on me," Allen said.

The Sharks were 0-for-February entering the game, including four one-goal losses.

This time, San Jose made the most of a lucky bounce.

"Finally, we got a fluke goal that went our way," Thornton said. "It was nice to get out of a streak like that. It's huge to get back on the winning side of things."

Niemi improved to 7-2-3. He made 11 saves in the opening period.

"The relief is there, it's (finally) over," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Now, we can't let our game slip."

Patrik Berglund scored his team-high ninth goal for St. Louis in the first period. He has tallied in the past four games, a career best.

Thornton then tied the game early in the second period jumping on a rebound from close range.

San Jose, which outshot the Blues 9-5 in the third period, held St. Louis without a shot for the first 12:17 of the final period.

The Sharks were playing for the first time since Friday while St. Louis arrived home at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a 14-hour travel delay in Vancouver.

Yet the Blues weren't using fatigue as an excuse.

"Too many people not pulling their weight," Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Too many passengers."

NOTES: Kennedy led all players with five shots on goal. ... This was the first meeting between the teams since St. Louis beat San Jose in five games in the Western Conference playoffs last season. ... G Jaroslav Halak is expected to start for the Blues on Wednesday in Colorado. ... San Jose played the fourth game of a six-game road trip. The Sharks return home Jan. 26 to face Colorado.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:54STL Patrik Berglund (9) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (5), Chris Stewart (6) 1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
03:55SJS Joe Thornton (4) ASST: Dan Boyle (7), Patrick Marleau (6) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
13:02SJS Tim Kennedy (2) ASST: Tommy Wingels (4), Justin Braun (1) 2 - 1 SJS
Three Stars of the Game
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 26TOI: 59:58
GA: 1EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .962SH: 1-1
Jake Allen
Jake Allen
SA: 25TOI: 58:16
GA: 2EV: 15-17
PIM: 0PP: 7-7
SV%: .920SH: 1-1
Vladimir Sobotka
Vladimir Sobotka
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 15:00
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:30SJS Adam Burish  Holding against  Barret Jackman
05:24STL Ian Cole  Holding against  Joe Thornton
07:38STL Scott Nichol  Holding against  Logan Couture
09:41SJS Tim Kennedy  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
2nd Period
04:51STL T.J. Oshie  Fighting (maj) against  Tommy Wingels
04:51SJS Tommy Wingels  Fighting (maj) against  T.J. Oshie
09:42STL Ryan Reaves  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Pelech
09:42SJS Matt Pelech  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ryan Reaves
11:41SJS Joe Pavelski  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jake Allen
3rd Period
08:50STL David Perron  Slashing against  Douglas Murray
19:13STL Alexander Steen  Tripping against  Logan Couture
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/3
Faceoff Wins3731
Blocked Shots1815
Penalty Minutes1315
3D. MurrayD0010016:43
7B. StuartD0001020:38
8J. PavelskiC0003218:54
9M. HavlatR0002016:43
10A. DesjardinsL000006:52
12P. MarleauL0102018:21
19J. ThorntonC1002018:19
22D. BoyleD0103020:34
26M. HandzusC0012015:41
29R. CloweL0002017:37
37A. BurishR000029:56
39L. CoutureC0001017:14
42M. PelechR000026:43
44M. VlasicD0000020:03
46T. KennedyL1015215:07
57T. WingelsC0111514:02
61J. BraunD0110017:36
88B. BurnsD0001020:59
31A. Niemi2526.96259:58
5B. JackmanD0004021:23
6W. ReddenD0001012:26
9J. SchwartzL000107:55
10A. McDonaldL0002017:38
12S. NicholC000028:24
17V. SobotkaL01-12015:00
20A. SteenL0002219:11
21P. BerglundC10-11018:39
22K. ShattenkirkD00-13019:54
25C. StewartR0101015:33
27A. PietrangeloD00-11025:53
28I. ColeD0000214:59
42D. BackesR0002019:28
46R. PolakD0000020:33
57D. PerronL0002217:50
74T. OshieR00-11517:33
75R. ReavesR000027:53
91V. TarasenkoR0003012:45
34J. Allen2325.92058:16