Sobotka carries Blues/Tarasenko Skates
The St. Louis Blues won their second consecutive game today in San Jose behind the first career hat trick for Vladimir Sobotka.
The Blues, who threw 35 shots at the Sharks, killed a late penalty en route to coming from behind to win in OT.
Sobotka has given the Blues some much needed offense in the absence of three of their top forwards. The Czech native has scored goals in three consecutive games and has now has seven on the season. He has Five goals in the last five games.
Both teams combined for 52 hits and saw several players leave the ice injured only to return minutes later. Roman Polak, Barret Jackman, T.J. Oshie, and Kevin Shattenkirk were among the many who suffered extensive bumps and bruises in this game.
Oshie was driven hard into the boards and went straight to the bench favoring his shoulder. Shattenkirk took a puck off of the side of his head, and Jackman and Sharks center Joe Thornton exchanged blows all game including a cross-check that landed Thornton in the penalty box.
Logan Couture left the ice hobbling for San Jose but he too returned.
Sobotka provided all the offense the Blues needed scoring three goals in 15:40 of ice. He added three hits while winning 55% of his face offs.
The Blues killed off a late power play after David Backes went off for high sticking.
They also blocked 23 shots including five from Alex Pietrangelo.
St. Louis plays their fifth and final game on this trip tomorrow in Anaheim.
Valdimir Tarasenko has missed the last seven games with a concussion he suffered February 20th in Colorado. Today he did some light skating for the first time joining fellow teammate Alex Steen.
There’s no timetable for a Tarasenko return but getting on the ice can only be looked at as a positive.
Steen continues to skate as he recovers from an ailing shoulder he injured in practice on February 26th. He and Andy McDonald were injured on the same day and continue to make strides in their rehab. McDonald has a knee injury and has been skating with the team.
Barret Jackman now has points in three straight games following his assist on Patrik Berglund’s OT winner.
Jason Arnott could sign by early next week assuming the Blues continue to like what they see.
Roman Polak recorded his first point in 16 games.
Kris Russell also registered an assist, just his second point of the season. He also had five shots giving him eight in the last two games.
Chris Stewart added another assist in San Jose to increase his team leading point total to 21. He has seven points in the last three games.
T.J. Oshie played his best game on this trip, his usual tenacious play was on full display which the Blues desperately need moving forward.
Alex Pietrangelo added an assist for the third straight game. He now has two goals and three assists on the trip while looking as comfortable as he has all season.
Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on Sobotka’s first goal, giving him a team leading 17 assists.
Sobotka earns the Mercy Heart Hospital award for the player who showed the most heart.
Jake Allen turned aside 22 o the 25 shots he faced to improve his career record on the road to 5-0.
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