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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Sharks Sink Blues, 4-1; Push Streak to 11

SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- The Sharks extended their franchise record winning streak to 11-consecutive games when they defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at HP Pavilion on Friday night. San Jose’s offense was jump started by four first period goals, including a penalty shot by Patrick Marleau, all within the first 13 minutes of the game.

Ron Wilson continued with the same lineup that has built much of the current streak and Team Teal faced Hannu Toivonen in net. Brian Campbell and Jody Shelley each shared a special accomplishment on the night as the players registered their 400th career NHL game.

It did not take long for San Jose to jump on board with the first goal. After taking control of the opening faceoff, San Jose entered the Blues zone and they would not leave for 1:10. The goal finally came when Brian Campbell found Milan Michalek driving the net and he hammered it across the line. San Jose would not add to their lead in the next six minutes, but they kept strong pressure on the visiting Blues.

Evgeni Nabokov made three strong stops in the first 10 minutes of action to keep the lead at one and when Team Teal took to their first power play they made it 2-0. The tally actually happened just as even strength play returned. The puck worked its way to Craig Rivet at the point and he let loose a slapper. As the puck traveled toward the crease, both Devin Setoguchi and Jeremy Roenick tipped it, in that order, putting San Jose up 2-0.

It was just the beginning of first period tallies. Joe Thornton displayed his passing abilities on goal number three. He skated down toward the left goal line and waited until he saw Campbell drop down low. As Campbell neared the top of the crease, the puck hit his stick and the All-Star blueliner knocked it in the empty half of the net. With the tally, Thornton took over the NHL lead for assists.

The onslaught continued when Patrick Marleau was literally tackled from behind, causing the most exciting play in sports – the penalty shot. Marleau took his time skating in and deposited his shot to the upper left corner for the 4-0 advantage.

St. Louis’ Jamal Mayers felt he had to do something and he began a fight with Craig Rivet with five minutes left in the first. Mayers was given the instigator, but the Sharks could not add the fifth tally.

Sharks center Jeremy Roenick celebrates Milan Michalek after Roenick's goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period on Friday March 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After 20 minutes of action, the Sharks had a 14-8 shots advantage and a 4-0 lead.

St. Louis did manage to take the goose egg off the board when David Backes snuckk one past Nabokov.

San Jose attempted to respond late in the second on a power play would have to settle for being up 4-1 after 40 minutes.

There were few scoring chances in the early part of the third as the two clubs totaled just seven shots in the first 13 minutes of the final stanza. When matching minors to Christian Ehrhoff and David Perron opened up the ice at that time, neither side could capitalize. For San Jose though, it was not a problem as they were still in control.

As the game ended, the sell-out crowd at HP Pavilion erupted. The Sharks had put on a show at home, defeating the Blues 4-1.




San Jose will host Edmonton at 5 p.m. on Sunday and limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have been playing their best hockey of the season over the last few weeks. What they did in the first period against St. Louis took it to another level.

Milan Michalek scored on the opening shift, San Jose added three more goals in its highest-scoring period of the season and the Sharks coasted to their franchise-record 11th straight victory, 4-1 over the Blues on Friday night.

"We came out flying," forward Jeremy Roenick said. "The first shift set the tone for the whole game. That's what we have to continue on here, our strong starts. We're tough to beat when we get a lead."

Roenick, Brian Campbell and Patrick Marleau also scored in a dominant four-goal opening period that helped San Jose increase its lead in the Pacific Division over idle Dallas and Anaheim. The Sharks are three points ahead of the Stars and four in front of the Ducks, with two games in hand over both teams.

That's quite a turnaround from the end of last month when San Jose was 11 points behind Dallas. All it took to erase that was the longest winning streak in the NHL since New Jersey won its final 11 games of the 2005-06 season.

"It's a good win for us," Campbell said. "It's what we need right now when we have games in hand. We have to take advantage of those."

While many of those games were close - all decided by two goals or fewer with two going to shootouts and a third decided in overtime - this one was over almost from the start against a Blues team that has lost 11 of 12.

San Jose's top line led by Joe Thornton applied heavy pressure on the opening shift and it paid off when Campbell fed Michalek, who beat Hannu Toivonen into the top of the net just 1:10 into the game. The Sharks didn't let up and the onslaught was on from there.

"When you have the lead, you can afford to make a mistake here or there and you're not going to be behind," coach Ron Wilson said. "It keeps the other team on their heels and gets your crowd into it. When you have a first shift the way we did with three or four quality scoring chances before we scored you create in them, 'Oh no, here we go again.' You just have something to build on."

Roenick tipped in a shot from the point by Craig Rivet just 1 second after Andy McDonald's high-sticking penalty ended to make it 2-0 midway through the period.

Less than 2 minutes later, Thornton fed a trailing Campbell for a one-timed shot that beat Toivonen for his seventh goal of the season.

"It's almost a nightmare at times when you step on the ice and you have a line of Marleau, Jonathan Cheechoo and Thornton coming at you full speed," Blues forward David Backes said. "When you dig yourself a hole like that in the first 10 minutes of the game, to expect to climb out is unrealistic."

The scoring barrage was capped when Erik Johnson pulled Marleau down from behind for a penalty shot. Marleau converted from there to make it 4-0 at 13:25.

Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his league-leading 41st win for the Sharks, allowing only a power-play goal by Backes 54 seconds into the second period.

San Jose swept the four-game season series from the Blues, outscoring them 11-2.

"That's one of the best teams in the NHL," Toivonen said. "We have to find a way to play like that and then maybe we'll win games."

Notes: The last team to win more than 11 straight in one season was also the Devils, who won 13 regular-season games in a row from Feb. 26 to March 23 in 2001. ... The Sharks are 2-for-5 this season on penalty shots. ... Thornton had two assists to give him 64 on the season, moving past Boston's Marc Savard (63) for the NHL lead. ... The Blues have lost the first five games on a franchise-long, nine-game road trip.

scoring summary
1st Period
Milan Michalek (23) ASST: Brian Campbell (46), Joe Thornton (63)
1 - 0 SJS
Jeremy Roenick (11) ASST: Devin Setoguchi (6), Craig Rivet (29)
2 - 0 SJS
Brian Campbell (7) ASST: Joe Thornton (64), Milan Michalek (25)
3 - 0 SJS
PS - Patrick Marleau (15) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
PPG - David Backes (11) ASST: Paul Kariya (40), Erik Johnson (23)
4 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Andy McDonald  Hi-sticking against  Kyle McLaren
Craig Rivet  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Rivet
Jamal Mayers  Misconduct (10 min)
Jamal Mayers  Instigator against  Craig Rivet
Brian Campbell  Tripping against  Keith Tkachuk
2nd Period
Craig Rivet  Roughing against  David Backes
David Backes  Roughing against  Craig Rivet
Marcel Goc  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
3rd Period
Brad Boyes  Holding against  Devin Setoguchi
Christian Ehrhoff  Roughing against  David Perron
David Perron  Roughing against  Christian Ehrhoff
Erik Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Devin Setoguchi
goalie stats
Hannu Toivonen
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0
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