It was a dirty, physical game that left veteran Dan Boyle on a stretcher and off to the hospital, but the San Jose Sharks kept their perfect record intact. They (not-so-easily) beat the St. Louis Blues 6-2 in St. Louis.
The Blues also came into this game undefeated at 4-0 and were tough on the ice from the start.
Dirty Hit Sends Boyle to Hospital
The play that set the tone of the game was the vicious second period check by Blues center Maxim Lapierre on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. Boyle had no chance to brace himself as Lapierre crashed into his back, driving Boyle's jaw into the top of the boards. Play continued as Boyle lay motionless, eyes wide open, on the ice. The inevitable scrum ensued, leaving 4 players in the sin bin after penalties were issued. Medical staff immediately tended to Boyle, who had to be placed on a gurney to be taken off the ice. He managed to raise his arm as he was being taken off, a good sign after a very scary incident. Sharks personnel reported later that he was alert, responsive, and moving his extremities as he was taken to the hospital for treatment. He will remain in the hospital overnight for observation, but seemed to be doing well considering the injury.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl Gets Another Point
Budding star Tomas Hertl may not have scored in the game, but he did assist a bullet of a goal by Joe Thornton that managed to get lodged in between the net and the top bar. That goal was Jumbo's first of the season.
Power Play Still Efficient
Looks like the preseason focus on special teams paid off. They looked impressive, with the power play unit taking advantages in three of their seven opportunities. The power kill unit also thwarted all four of the Blues advantages.
The Sharks looked like they may cruise to a shut out, but lost some of their pop after leading 5-0 in the third period. The Blues took advantage and scored two quick goals, but it was not enough to catch up to the assertive San Jose team. The Sharks notched one last power play goal late in the third by Patrick Marleau to cool off the Blues.
There's no rest for the unstoppable Sharks. They go to Dallas on Thursday and are back at the SAP Center to take on the Calgary Flames and former Shark TJ Galiardi.
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