National Hockey League
St. Louis 3, San Jose 1
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 21, 2022
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Jake Brenk, Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Mitch Hunt
Attendance: 12136

Robert Thomas scored the go-ahead goal as the visiting St. Louis Blues extended their point streak to 14 games with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

The Blues (47-20-11, 105 points) have gone 12-0-2 during their club-record streak to keep pace with the Minnesota Wild in the race for second place in the Central Division. The Wild also have 105 points after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 Thursday night, but Minnesota has played one fewer game than the Blues.

Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist while Dakota Joshua also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 20 saves.

Noah Gregor scored and James Reimer made 25 saves for the Sharks (30-35-12, 72 points), who have won just once in their past 12 games. They are 1-7-4 during that span.

Gregor gave San Jose a 1-0 lead 3:05 into the game. He took a lead pass from Rudolfs Balcers and beat Binnington with a low shot between his pads.

The Blues tied the game a little more than two minutes later with their fourth line. Logan Brown made a between-the-legs pass from behind the net to set up Joshua's goal from the slot.

The Blues moved ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal 31 seconds into the second period. Vladimir Tarasenko got the puck from Buchnevich at the left point, then fed Thomas for an open shot from the right circle.

Thomas extended his point streak to 15 games, during which he has eight goals and 19 assists. Buchnevich (12 games) and Tarasenko (eight games) also extend point streaks on that play.

Logan Couture and Gregor earned short-handed scoring chances on a San Jose penalty kill late in the second period, but neither could convert for the game-tying goal.

The Sharks had good scoring chances in the third period, but Binnington stopped Nick Bonino from the slot and Matt Nieto on a short-handed break-in. Then Buchnevch iced the game with an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
St. Louis   San Jose
Pavel Buchnevich 2 Points Noah Gregor 1
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Goals Noah Gregor 1
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Assists Rudolfs Balcers 1
Robert Thomas 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jordan Binnington .952 Save Percentage James Reimer .926
Jordan Binnington 20 Saves James Reimer 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
St. Louis 28 3 1-5 1-1 4 22
San Jose 21 1 0-1 4-5 12 25
Upcoming Games
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Sharks have a W/L % of .419 after a win and .370 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Arizona. The Blues have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .613 after a loss.