Blues romp Sharks, 4-0

O’reilly ex­tends of­fen­sive point-streak

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - STATE / WEATHER - St. Louis Post-dis­patch (TNS)

River Val­ley ju­nior Trevor Per­rucci wraps up Merced se­nior Ke’saun Ed­dings dur­ing a CIF Sac-joaquin Sec­tion Divi­sion III play­off game at Vet­er­ans Sta­dium in Merced on Fri­day. The Fal­cons beat the Bears 45-40.

ST. LOUIS – The Blues played – no ques­tion about it – their best game of the sea­son on Fri­day night, play­ing with more vim, vigor and en­ergy and tak­ing it to the San Jose Sharks in a 4-0 win that was ev­ery­thing that was ex­pected of the team this sea­son.

Ryan O’reilly ran his point streak to nine games and Alex Pi­etrangelo, Jaden Schwartz and Alexan­der Steen also had goals, while Chad John­son fol­lowed up stop­ping 38 of 39 shots against Carolina on Tues­day by stop­ping all 31 shots he faced for his eighth ca­reer shutout and first since Nov. 30, 2016. John­son has stopped 56 con­sec­u­tive shots.

The Blues had ex­tended stretches where they dom­i­nated play, keep­ing the puck in San Jose’s end against a team play­ing its sec­ond game in as many nights. But there were many times the Blues were in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions last sea­son and didn’t take it to the op­po­si­tion. This time, against a San Jose team that played in Dal­las last night, the Blues were ag­gres­sive and ac­tive and kept go­ing all the way to the end.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead on a four-on-four goal by Alex Pi­etrangelo, parked in the slot, with 5:10 to go in the first, with an as­sist from Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Blues fol­lowed that with a power play which in­cluded two great chances for rookie Robert Thomas, play­ing in his 10th game, but he took big swings and made only par­tial con­tact on both of them. And then al­most as soon as the penalty ended, Thomas was called for in­ter­fer­ence, giv­ing San Jose a power play that cov­ered the end of the first and the start of the sec­ond.

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