"The couple of hours before the trade deadline were
stressful," said Sharks center Vincent Damphousse, rumored to be
headed elsewhere. "After we found out we're staying, we can move
on from here."
The Blues scored two quick goals in the first period. Doug
Weight passed the puck from behind the net and Dallas Drake tapped
it past Sharks goalie Miika Kiprusoff with 12:16 remaining in the
Less than four minutes later, Stillman took a pass from Petr
Cajanek and drove to the net, beating Kiprusoff to the stick side.
"We just kept pushing the puck all night," said Stillman, who
scored for just the third time in 22 games. "Any time you have
your full lineup, it's great."
Cajanek, who missed the last 24 games due to a broken left
fibula, recorded his first point since a two-goal game against
Tampa Bay on Jan. 11.
Tkachuk, in his second game back after serving a four-game
suspension, tipped the puck past Kiprusoff's glove side less than
five minutes into the second period.
Sturm and Zalesak scored within 16 seconds of each other midway
through the second period to put the Sharks on the scoreboard.
Sturm took a lead pass from Niko Dimitrakos and one-handed a
soft shot that bounced off the far post and into the net as Johnson
came out to challenge Sturm.
"I had a good backspin on that pass from Niko," Sturm said.
"I was just trying to put the puck on the net. That's not
something you can practice."
Zalesak took a pass off the ensuing faceoff from Jonathan
Cheechoo and beat Johnson.
Boguniecki scored on a breakaway midway through the third period
to make it 4-2.
The Sharks reassigned C Ryan Kraft and C Chad Wiseman to
Cleveland of the AHL. ... Bure and Osgood were scheduled for
physicals on Wednesday and are expected to join the Blues in
Vancouver on Thursday. ... Primeau will make his Sharks debut on
Saturday against Calgary. ... Cajanek and Johnson were activated
from the injured list before the game.
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Arena: SAP Center Location: San Jose, California
Referees: Dave Jackson, Dennis LaRue Linesmen: Don Henderson, Troy Sartison
Attendance: 17,434 (99.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Dallas Drake (18)
Assists: Doug Weight, Martin Rucinsky
Cory Stillman (20)
Assists: Petr Cajanek, Eric Boguniecki
Keith Tkachuk (29)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Scott Mellanby
Marco Sturm (22)
Assists: Niko Dimitrakos, Alyn McCauley
Miroslav Zalesak (1)
Assist: Jonathan Cheechoo
Eric Boguniecki (16)
Assists: Petr Cajanek, Cory Stillman