Sharks’ offense silenced in loss to Blues

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March 17, 2017 - 1:46am
The Sharks forgot to bring their passion and energy to the rink Thursday, and paid for it in the form of a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center. The hosts’ two-game winning streak was snapped, and they remained seven points ahead of division rival and idle Anaheim, who the Sharks host Saturday to close their six-game homestand. St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored by gaining inside position on Sharks defenseman Justin Braun to tap a rebound of a Tomas Steen shot past San Jose goalie Aaron Dell at 8:34 to break open a one-goal game. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester missed the net with a drive from the right circle, but the hard carom off the end boards went to an unmarked Zach Sanford, who banged home his third goal from the weakside at 5:49. Scottie Upshall picked off a cross-ice clear by San Jose defenseman Brent Burns at center, entered the zone and cranked off a low drive from above the right circle that beat a screened Dell at 16:40. The hosts struck back at 17:45, however, when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s drive from the left point caromed off the skate of St. Louis rear guard Carl Gunnarson and past Hutton.

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