Heatley gives Sharks overtime win
SAN JOSE – Dany Heatley scored on a breakaway at 4:06 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
San Jose’s Patrick Marleau tied it with a power-play goal with 7:09 left in regulation, and Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves. Tied for the NHL lead with Chicago with 63 points, the Sharks have won nine of their last 10 games.
Andy McDonald scored in his fourth straight game for the Blues, who lost their sixth straight and second since interim coach Davis Payne took over Saturday following Andy Murray’s firing. Chris Mason made a season-high 42 saves for St. Louis.
The Blues were missing two of their top offensive stars in Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya, two noted Sharks’ killers. Tkachuk remained at home following his mishap with broken teeth in the Blues’ 6-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Kariya, who missed his fourth game because of concussion-like symptoms, skated during the pregame but wasn’t well enough to play.
Tkachuk has 33 career goals against the Sharks, his second-most (34 vs. the Blackhawks) against any team. Kariya has 60 points against San Jose, his fourth-highest total against any team.
McDonald, who scored his 14th goal, helped his own cause. He was pushed into Nabokov during the power play and they both went to the ice. McDonald got up faster and took advantage to slip the puck into the net against a defenseman with 13:15 remaining in the second period.
Marleau’s tying goal was set up when Ryan Clowe won the puck along the boards and dished out to Dan Boyle, who faked a shot before guiding it to Marleau, who fired the puck into the upper left corner for his 28th goal of the season.
Heatley then won it with his 25th of the season.
Notes: Blues’ C Alexander Steen has points in five of his last six games. … Blues RW David Backes has four assists in his last three games. … Boyle was hit in the face by a puck in the second period and was able to walk off the ice on his own. He returned to the bench for the third period. … Marleau has scored goals in three straight games. … Mason is 1-8-0-1 against the Sharks.
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