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San Jose 3, St. Louis 2
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 9, 2019
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Graham Skilliter, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Steve Miller
Attendance: 17562

Kevin Labanc scored 3:21 into overtime as the host San Jose Sharks moved into first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen kept the contest tied at 2 by using his blocker to deny Marcus Sorensen's bid on a breakaway with three minutes remaining in the third period. Allen also turned away Gustav Nyquist's shot from the slot early in overtime before Labanc converted a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his fourth career overtime goal.

Timo Meier scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive contests for the Sharks (41-19-8, 90 points), who completed a sweep of their four-game homestand and moved past idle Calgary atop the Pacific.

Joe Thornton notched an assist on Meier's first goal for his 1,467th career point, tying Hall of Famer Stan Mikita for 14th place in NHL history. Goaltender Martin Jones needed just 17 saves.

St. Louis native Patrick Maroon and Brayden Schenn each scored a power-play goal, and Allen finished with 30 saves for the Blues, who wrapped up their three-game trek through California with a 2-0-1 mark.

St. Louis (36-25-7, 79 points) played without leading goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, who sustained an upper-body injury on Thursday in a 4-0 win over Los Angeles.

After Maroon converted a fortunate carom off the end boards past Jones to open the scoring at 10:35 of the first, Meier recorded his sixth career two-goal performance by tallying twice in a span of 3:10 to give the Sharks a 2-1 advantage.

Thornton set up the power-play goal with a feed from behind the goal line to Meier, who wristed a shot from the slot that slid between the pads of Allen with 3:37 remaining in the first period.

Meier added his fifth goal in four games and 26th of the season by sending a backhand shot just inside the right post from the doorstep with 27 seconds left in the session.

Schenn forged a tie at 2 after his attempted feed across the slot was intercepted by San Jose's Barclay Goodrow, as the Blues forward alertly swept the puck off his stick and past Jones with three seconds remaining in the second period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
St. Louis   San Jose
Pat Maroon 1 Points Timo Meier 2
Pat Maroon 1 Goals Timo Meier 2
Vince Dunn 1 Assists Logan Couture 2
Pat Maroon 1 Power Play Goals Timo Meier 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jake Allen .909 Save Percentage Martin Jones .895
Jake Allen 30 Saves Martin Jones 17
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
St. Louis 19 2 2-3 1-2 4 24
San Jose 33 3 1-2 1-3 6 16
Upcoming Games
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Sharks have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .607 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Blues have a W/L % of .472 after a win and .594 after a loss.