Series (Game 3 of 4)

San Jose leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 8th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, March 16th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 21st

Blues 2

(20-33-11, 51 pts)

Sharks 5

(32-23-9, 73 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 16, 2006

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
STL 1 1 02
SJ 1 3 15

T. Preissing (Sharks - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

S. Bernier (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

St Louis (20-32-11) at San Jose (31-23-9) 10:30 pm EST

St Louis (20-32-11) at San Jose (31-23-9) 10:30 pm EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks are hoping to ride the Cheechoo train into the playoffs.

Jonathan Cheechoo tries to lead the Sharks to their fourth straight victory Thursday when they skate with the resurgent St. Louis Blues.

The 25-year-old Cheechoo already has scored a career-high 40 goals en route to a personal-best 67 points. His latest impressive performance came Monday in a 4-3 triumph over Los Angeles.

Cheechoo recorded his fourth hat trick of the season, in the victory, setting a new team record. All three of his goals came off assists by Joe Thornton, who has set up a stunning 26 of Cheechoo's 33 tallies since joining the team in a trade with Boston on November 30.

San Jose trails Edmonton and Vancouver by five points for the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Blues are well behind the pack in terms of playoff positioning but have played better of late, going 8-1-3 over their past 12 games.

St. Louis is coming off Monday's 3-2 overtime triumph against Columbus as Christian Backman scored with 1:11 remaining in the extra session. The victory did come at a price for the Blues, however, as rookie goaltender Curtis Sanford suffered a sprained knee and will miss the rest of the season.