Calle Rosen scored the winning goal and added an assist as the St. Louis Blues snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks Thursday.
Torey Krug, Jordan Kyrou, Brandon Saad and Noel Acciari also scored for the Blues, who won for the first time since Oct. 22. Their eight straight regulation losses set a team record.
Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich had two assists for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who are winless (0-2-3) in their last five games. Kevin Labanc and Erik Karlsson had two assists and Kaapo Kahkonen made 28 saves.
Krug put the Blues up 1-0 just 2:30 into the game by scoring from a sharp right-side angle. Justin Faulk triggered the scoring play with his outlet pass to Krug, who worked a give-and-go play with Brayden Schenn to get his shot.
Meier was credited with the tying goal with 3:41 left in the first period when Faulk tried to knock down a bouncing puck at the right post but batted the puck into his own net instead.
Kyrou drew a second-period Sharks penalty with a semi-breakaway. Then Kyrou converted the power play opportunity by banging in Buchnevich’s cross-crease pass to the right post to put the Blues up 2-1.
Hertl tied the game 2-2 by corralling the rebound from Labanc’s shot from the right side.
Saad scored to restore the Blues’ lead at 3-2 with 1:52 left in the second period when Josh Leivo set him up with a pass from behind the net.
The Sharks applied heavy pressure to start the third period and Couture tied the game 3-3 by deflecting Karlsson’s pass off the right boards.
The Blues reclaimed the lead 4-3 with Rosen’s blast from the left point off Thomas’ pass back from the end wall. Acciari iced the game with an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left.
–Field Level Media