Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Collapse Late vs. Sharks; San Jose Forces OT with 20 Seconds Left and Then Wins; NHL: SHARKS 3, BLUES 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Collapse Late vs. Sharks; San Jose Forces OT with 20 Seconds Left and Then Wins; NHL: SHARKS 3, BLUES 2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. * The Blues were 20 seconds away from leaving San Jose with a regulation victory, but instead left with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks.

Defenseman Brent Burns scored a power-play goal with 38 seconds left in OT, winding up a wicked slap shot that beat Jake Allen for the victory.

The goal came with Blues forward Alexander Steen in the penalty box, serving a tripping call that came with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in OT. Steen lost the puck in the offensive zone and with nothing but a full sheet of white ice standing in the way of a clear breakaway for the Sharks' Joe Pavelski, he pulled down Pavelski at the blueline.

The Blues paid for the penalty, as they dropped their second straight game on the three-game road trip, both of which they led in the third period.

San Jose, meanwhile, won its eighth straight home game at SAP Center, where a crowd of 17,562 watched them rally against the Blues.

The Sharks, trailing 2-1 on goals by Steve Ott and Patrik Berglund, pulled goalie Antti Niemi for an extra attacker in the final minute of regulation and tied the score 2-2 on a goal by Marc- Edouard Vlasic. He snapped a wrist shot that sneaked through Allen, who was screened by teammate Alex Pietrangelo.

The Blues picked up a point, but wasted an opportunity, losing on a night in which they got some much-needed offensive contributions.

Ott entered Saturday game having not scored a single goal in 54 games as Blue and 58 overall, netting his last as a member of the Buffalo Sabres before his trade to St. Louis.

Recently, Brett Hull, the Blues' all-time leading scorer, had been needling Ott, asking, "Aren't you in like a 50-game scoring drought?" Hull then paused and followed up with: "I was in a scoring drought once ... for like 50 minutes."

If Ott was going to wait that long to score, at least it ended with a beauty, a breakaway goal on a brilliant pass from fellow fourth-line teammate Maxim Lapierre. Ian Cole moved the puck quickly to Lapierre, exiting the zone, and he feathered a feed onto the tape of Ott, who had only Antti Niemi to beat.

Ott pulled up from 27 feet and snapped a wrist shot to the stick- side that deflected off the netminder's pad for a 2-1 advantage with 2:39 left in the second period.

The goal gave the Blues their first lead of the game, following a scoreless first period and a goal by San Jose's Andrew Desjardins that opened the scoring midway through the second period.

Desjardins waltzed into the Sharks' offensive zone, accepting a bounce pass off the boards from defenseman Justin Braun and then somehow slipping an innocent wrist shot to Allen's short-side for a 1-0 with 9:13 remaining in the middle frame.

Allen had been terrific to the point, denying Pavelski a couple of times during a period in which the Sharks outshot the Blues 17- 9.

But in a period that San Jose controlled offensively, the Blues came away with two goals, first tying the score on Berglund's fourth of the season with 5:31 remaining in the period.

Dmitrij Jaskin made a short dish to Pietrangelo at the point, and Pietrangelo unleashed a sling-shot toward Niemi. …

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