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Sharks' winning streak comes to an end with OT loss to Blues

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Sharks' winning streak comes to an end with OT loss to Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Tarasenko got a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and tipped in the winner at 2:33. It was Tarasenko's 31st goal, and he has 30 or more in four consecutive seasons.

St. Louis has won a season-best six straight games. San Jose had won eight straight.

Oskar Sundqvist also scored for St. Louis, and Jake Allen made 22 saves.

Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose. Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots.

Kane drew first blood for the Sharks with his 29th goal. Melker Karlsson fed Kane, who put a wrist shot off Allen's glove at 6:26. Kane has nine goals and five assists in 14 games since he was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26.

Brent Burns got the second assist, giving him 50. He became the first Sharks defenseman to record 50 assists in a season.

St. Louis tied it when Sundqvist threw the puck on net and it sneaked in at 17:43. Ivan Barbashev was parked in front of the crease and helped screen Dell, who got a piece of the puck.

It was Sundqvist's second goal in 65 career games, including 37 with the Blues. Sundqvist's only other goal came April 2, 2016, when he was with Pittsburgh.

The teams traded power-play goals in the second period.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead on one by Pavelski. Standing beside the net, Pavelski got a pass from Burns and tapped it in for his 20th.

Tarasenko tied for St. Louis. He got a perfect leading pass from Brayden Schenn in the left circle, then snapped a quick wrist shot to tie it. Tarasenko five goals and six assists in his last 11 games against San Jose.

The Blues missed a chance to take the lead about two minutes into the third period when Barbashev skated in and had Dell beat but hit the post with his shot.

NOTES: Blues D Alex Pietrangelo had an assist on Tarasenko's goal. That gave him 52 points for the season, a career high. ... Allen made his 10th straight start for the Blues. ... Dell got his first start in five games after San Jose played at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday and won in a shootout. ... Blues backup goalie Carter Huttonreturned after being out with a neck injury since March 8.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At Nashville on Thursday night.

Blues: At Vegas on Friday night.

Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

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Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

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ST. LOUIS -- Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Joonas Donskoi also scored and Martin Jones made 30 saves for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in the second.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Couture knocked in a loose puck at 6:35. Boedker fired in a shot from the point that goalie Carter Hutton blocked but couldn't corral. Couture was on the spot and scored his 24th of the season.

St. Louis answered at 8:23 when Barbashev scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Jones' arm.

Donskoi beat Hutton on a wrist shot from the left circle at 12:05. Couture assisted on Donskoi's first goal in 17 games.

Boedker gave San Jose a 3-1 lead at 15:54 when he scored from the left side of the net. Boedker has five goals in his last four games.

Tarasenko cut the margin to 3-2 on a power play when he fired in the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn at 19:36 for his 24th of the season. Tarasenko has 10 points in his last nine games (four goals, six assists) against the Sharks.

San Jose's Brent Burns prevented a goal with less than five minutes left. During a scramble in front of the net, the puck hit the post and was sliding along the goal line when Burns knocked it out.

This was the first meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The Blues swept the three-game season series last year, outscoring the Sharks 11-3 overall, and had won four straight against the Sharks.

Hutton made his second start in the last five games and stopped 20 shots. Previously against the Sharks, he was 4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, a .968 save percentage and two shutouts in five career starts.

NOTES: The Sharks acquired C Eric Fehr from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. ... Blues C Vladimir Sobotka was out of the lineup with an illness. It was the first game he has missed this season. ... The Blues have recalled forward Sammy Blais from the AHL for the fourth time this season. Blais, who leads the San Antonio Rampage with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), last played for St. Louis on Dec. 16, when he got hurt against Winnipeg. ... San Jose forward Tomas Hertl missed another game with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Stanton cold on Giants, Cardinals

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Stanton cold on Giants, Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been a week since the Giants met with Giancarlo Stanton, and there is still no resolution in sight. That alone tells you much of what you need to know about Stanton’s preferences, and a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday night confirmed that Stanton has not yet warmed to the Giants or Cardinals. 

Rosenthal wrote that, according to multiple major league sources, “Stanton does not want the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals.” Both front offices met with Stanton and his representatives last week in Los Angeles and both teams have reached tentative trade agreements with the Marlins. Stanton, though, controls the process.  

The National League MVP has a full no-trade clause and it has long been believed that he would prefer to spend his prime years playing for the Dodgers, who are located a few miles from where Stanton grew up. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier this week that while the Giants are confident head-to-head against the Cardinals, they continue to view the rival Dodgers as their biggest competition for Stanton. 

Rosenthal echoed those sentiments and added that Stanton is also open to joining the New York Yankees. To this point, the Dodgers and Yankees have not gotten seriously involved in the chase for Stanton, but at some point the superstar could force the Marlins’ hand. 

Despite a situation that seemingly gets cloudier with every day Stanton continues to wait, the Giants have not indicated that they’ll put a timetable on the discussions and force Stanton to choose a team. Sources said this week that the Giants believe Stanton will inform them of a decision one way or the other by the start of the Winter Meetings, but as of Thursday, there had been no word from Stanton’s camp. The annual event starts Monday in Orlando, and at some point the Giants will feel pressure to move on to other business and try to fill other holes. 

For now, they haven’t reached that point, and Rosenthal’s report did include one note that should allow for continued optimism. “Stanton’s thinking is fluid, other sources say,” Rosenthal wrote, “he does not deal in absolutes.”