ST. LOUIS — Martin Jones made 22 saves and four more in the shootout to help the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.
Marcus Sorensen scored in the second period for San Jose (2-2-0), which avoided a third straight loss and gained a split in the two games with the Blues after losing 5-4 here Monday.
Tomas Hertl scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round against Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, who made 37 saves.
“I think after last game, both teams wanted to tighten up defensively,” Sharks captain Logan Couture said. “You go back two games ago, they gave up eight, we gave up five in Arizona. We wanted to tighten up, they wanted to tighten up defensively. We still had a few breakdowns, they still had a few breakdowns. It’s early in the season; that’s going to happen, but I think in the third period, we played the style of hockey that we wanted to play. … I liked our third period for sure.”
The Sharks outshot the Blues 17-3 in the third and had two power-play opportunities but couldn’t score against Binnington.
“It’s a 1-1 game and just compete,” Binnington said. “Our kill hasn’t been doing so well coming into this game, so we know we wanted to have a good penalty kill, special teams. I think we had a good night in that department. But, you know, not the outcome we wanted.”
Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues (2-1-1).
“We’ve got a lot of guys that aren’t skating and not competing hard enough,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said.
Sharks forward Kevin Labanc thought he scored with 11 seconds remaining in overtime, but it was immediately waved off due to goalie interference on forward Ryan Donato. Video review upheld the call on the ice.
“I just tried to drive the net and [Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson] brought the goalie out because the goalie thought he was going to shoot it,” Donato said. “I was thinking that he might slide it short side on that post. Obviously he had something else in mind, and when you’re in front of the net, sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how deep you are. [Karlsson] hit ‘Banker’ and your instant reaction is to be in front of the net. I didn’t realize how far or how deep I actually was.”
Schenn gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead when he scored from the slot with a wrist shot high glove side at 4:27 of the second period.
Sorensen tied 1-1 it at 17:57 of the second when he beat Blues defenseman Torey Krug for a loose puck and put in the rebound of a shot by defenseman Mario Ferraro that was initially deflected by forward Matt Nieto.
“Marcus found his nose to the net there,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “I believe the third and fourth lines created some of our best o-zone shifts tonight when we needed it just at the right time. They jumped over the board and played a little bit of a blue-collar style game, which was perfect for us.”
The Sharks were 0-for-7 on the power play, including two 5-on-3 advantages. The Blues entered the game last in the NHL on the penalty kill after allowing eight goals on 14 opportunities (42.9 percent).
“PK killed off seven penalties. I mean two, 5-on-3’s,” Berube said. “It’s ridiculous, the penalties. We can’t go to the box that much. It’s really hard on people, it’s hard on our team. [We] can’t get to our game because of it. I don’t know where we’re at in the League penalty-wise, but [we] might be leading the League.”
NOTES: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns led all skaters in ice time at 30:51; Karlsson played 30:43. … Blues defenseman Marco Scandella was a late scratch; he is day to day with an upper-body injury. He was replaced by defenseman Niko Mikkola, who played his sixth NHL game.