Wayne Primeau (left) and Mark Smith celebrate the winning goal in San Jose's 7-6 win over the St. Louis Blues Saturday night.
Cheechoo scored with 1:54 remaining to give the Sharks a 7-6
comeback victory over the Blues on Saturday night.
Cheechoo got the puck behind the St. Louis net, skated in front
and beat goalie Patrick Lalime with a wrist shot from the right
"They kind of left me uncovered to the back door," Cheechoo
said. "They were all kind of watching the puck, so I called for
The goal was one of several miscues by the Blues, who dropped to
0-3. St. Louis led 5-3 at the start of the third period but gave
that lead away. The Blues later led 6-5, then allowed the last two
"When you're up 5-3 going into the third period, you expect to
win, regardless of what the rules are," said Blues forward Jamal
Mayers, who had two goals. "They won because they worked harder
than we did. It's as simple as that."
The victory was the first for San Jose, which dropped the first
two games of its season-opening, three-game road trip.
"In the beginning of the season, it's always nice to get a win
as quick as possible so you can build on it, especially that kind
of win," San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov said. "I think our guys
deserve a lot of credit."
Down 5-3 after two periods, San Jose tied it with two goals in a
27-second span early in the third period by Tom Preissing and
Mayers gave the Blues the lead again when he scored from behind
the net at 7:09 by banking one off Nabakov, but Brad Stuart tied it
with a power-play goal at 12:59.
"We're not going to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves,"
Mayers said. "I believe in all the guys in this room, and we have
the people to turn it around."
San Jose coach Ron Wilson was pleasantly surprised by the way
his team played while facing a deficit.
"It was the first kind of adversity we'd faced all year," he
said. "In the preseason, we went 7-0, and I don't think we were
really trailing anybody.
"For some of the guys, it was an eye-opener. I'm proud that we
didn't quit in the third period."
Dimitrakos had two goals to lead the Sharks, and Nils Eckman and
Patrick Marleau also scored. Marleau scored on a penalty shot,
which was awarded when Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador covered the
puck in his crease.
Blues forward Keith Tkachuk was scratched for the second
straight contest due to a sore groin. ... Marleau's goal was the
first successful penalty shot for the Sharks since Jan. 23, 2004,
when Cheechoo scored against Columbus. ... Cajanek has four assists
and five points in three games.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Michael McGeough, Brad Meier Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Pare
Attendance: 15,048 (78.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Nils Ekman (2)
Assists: Alyn McCauley, Kyle McLaren
Patrick Marleau (2)
(Penalty Shot) Unassisted
Christian Backman (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Doug Weight, Petr Cajanek
Jamal Mayers (1)
Scott Young (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Doug Weight, Andy Roach
Petr Cajanek (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Young, Andy Roach
Niko Dimitrakos (1)
Assists: Tom Preissing, Ryane Clowe
Jeff Hoggan (1)
Assist: Christian Backman
Tom Preissing (1)
Assists: Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm
Niko Dimitrakos (2)
Assists: Ryane Clowe, Brad Stuart
Jamal Mayers (2)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Christian Backman
Brad Stuart (1)
(Power Play) Assist: Alyn McCauley
Jonathan Cheechoo (1)
Assists: Wayne Primeau, Jim Fahey