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San Jose Sharks 3, St. Louis Blues 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

Associated Press

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San Jose Sharks 3, St. Louis Blues 1 FINAL
San Jose Sharks 3, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Vesa Toskala has learned to make the most of his opportunities.

The San Jose Sharks' backup goalie, who had not played since losing in St. Louis 4-2 on Dec. 18, turned the tables on the Blues, making 25 saves to lead the Sharks to a 3-1 victory Saturday night.

"I just have to do my best when I get a chance," said Toskala, who improved to 7-4-4. "Fortunately, we have been winning most of the games I've played."

Sharks coach Ron Wilson said that Toskala is not the type who is bothered by a lack of work.

"He works hard in practice," Wilson said. "Plus, I don't think he's the type who feels a lot of pressure. He's not out there worried that he's going to let the team down."

Toskala acknowledged that he was a little rusty after not seeing action for two weeks.

"It took me a little while to get into the game," he said. "By the third period, I thought I was seeing puck really well."

Nicholas Dimitrakos, Marco Sturm and Todd Harvey scored for San Jose, which has won six of eight. The Sharks have recorded at least one point in 26 of their last 31 games.

Scott Mellanby scored his sixth goal for St. Louis. After losing just once in their first 16 home games, the Blues have dropped two of three there.

Mellanby felt the Blues could have given Toskala more of a challenge.

"I don't know much about him, but we certainly didn't test him the way we need to," Mellanby said. "They boxed out well around their net. We have to pay a little bit more of a price to get in there."

Blues coach Joel Quenneville also was not happy.

"I thought tonight was clearly a lack of effort," Quenneville said. "Just getting outworked, outhustled and that's basically it."

Chris Osgood, who missed the last two games with a bruised right knee, made 30 saves for the Blues. Keith Tkachuk earned his 799th career point with an assist on Mellanby's goal.

San Jose trailed 1-0 entering the second period, but the Sharks took the lead on special teams.

The Sharks tied it at 6:40 of the second during a two-man advantage when Dimitrakos tipped Brad Stuart's pass from the right point past Osgood for his third goal.

While the Sharks were short-handed, they went ahead at 10:07 when Alyn McCauley outmuscled Chris Pronger for the puck in the left corner and centered it to Sturm in front. Sturm slid a shot under Osgood for his 13th goal to make it 2-1.

Harvey sealed the victory when he scored with 4:30 remaining.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead at 7:14 of the first period when Mellanby deflected Pronger's shot from the right point past Toskala.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:14
STL
Scott Mellanby (7) ASST: Chris Pronger (22), Keith Tkachuk (19)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
06:40
SJS
PPG - Niko Dimitrakos (3) ASST: Brad Stuart (15), Scott Hannan (9)
1 - 1 Tie
10:07
SJS
SHG - Marco Sturm (13) ASST: Alyn McCauley (8)
2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
15:30
SJS
Todd Harvey (2) ASST: Alexander Korolyuk (2), Wayne Primeau (11)
3 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:17
SJS
Scott Thornton  Boarding
08:14
SJS
Mike Rathje  Hooking
17:43
STL
Christian Laflamme  Interference - Obstruction
2nd Period
04:46
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference - Obstruction
05:13
STL
Mark Rycroft  Tripping
09:23
SJS
Wayne Primeau  Holding
11:26
SJS
Rob Davison  Slashing
16:39
SJS
Rob Davison  Slashing
16:39
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Tripping
3rd Period
06:23
SJS
Alyn McCauley  Hooking
10:04
SJS
Rob Davison  Hi-sticking
10:04
STL
Scott Mellanby  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .909SH: 3 - 4