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St. Louis wraps a five-game homestand

  • June 6, 2018 11:38 PM EDT

    (SportsNetwork. Dikembe Mutombo Jersey .com) - The St. Louis Blues have made sure they did not let their season-opening homestand go to waste. The Blues try to extend the best start in franchise history on Tuesday night when they host the San Jose Sharks in a battle of unbeaten clubs. You can watch the game on TSN at 8pm et/5pm pt. St. Louis wraps a five-game homestand tonight having posted its first ever 4-0-0 start to a season. It has outscored its opponents 19-7 on the season and is coming off Saturdays 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. David Backes had a pair of goals and an assist, while Alex Steen had a goal and three helpers. Steen has scored in four straight games with eight points on the season, the first Blues skater to log eight points in the first four games of the season since Paul Kariya in 2008-09. Derek Roy added a goal and an assist, Vladimir Tarasenko scored in his third contest in a row for the first time and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves. "Were getting bounces right now," Steen said. "Weve been working hard trying to do simple things, read off each other and right now, its been a lot of inspiration." St. Louis has won 10 straight regular-season games at home dating back to last season and will play road games on back-to-back nights beginning Thursday in Chicago. The Blues will try to remain unbeaten ahead of their second game this season against the defending champs, but face a Sharks club tonight that is off to its second straight fast start. San Jose began the lockout-shortened campaign with a club-record 7-0 start and has won all five of its games so far this season. The Sharks outscored their first four opponents 21-5 before edging the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday. Brent Burns had the game-winner 7:08 into the third period with time winding down on a power-play chance. Joe Thornton carried the puck around the Ottawa net before sliding a pass to Burns, who buried a one-timer into the net. "It was just a great play by (Thornton)," Burns said. "I didnt have to do much, but I wasnt going to miss." Rookie Tomas Hertl scored his seventh goal of the season, but did not return to the game after colliding with Ottawas Clark MacArthur in the second period. "He fell into a player," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Basically he was going to the net, stumbled and fell into him. Hes a little bit sore, but I think hell be fine (Sunday)." Patrick Marleau scored and Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Sharks. Marleau has four goals and five points over a five-game point streak, while Logan Couture has logged seven points over a five-game run of his own. San Joses 24 goals are the most in franchise history through the first five games of the season, besting last seasons 23 goals. The Blues have won six of their past seven versus the Sharks overall, including two of three meetings last season. San Jose has scored more than two goals just once in that span. St. Louis has won three of its last four at home in this series. Halak is 4-2-0 with a pair of shutouts and a 2.30 goals against average in seven meetings with the Sharks. Niemi is 5-6-0 with a 2.57 GAA in 12 lifetime encounters with the Blues. Alex English Jersey . New York (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and has the best record in the league with one game remaining. Houstons five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining. Jamal Murray Jersey . "Right now were kind of looking at him at the end of the rotation right now," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Not indicative of how hes doing or how hes feeling. Its just, it seems like the spot we want him right now.Hey, Florida Panthers. It’s time to say bye-bye. That’s right, take your empty building and your ugly uniforms and go away. You’re embarrassing us, really. You make the National Hockey League look like a joke. 11,419 for your season opener. 7,311 for your Monday night game against Ottawa. One of our commentators at that game who was sitting in the press box said he could hear a fan in the crowd sneeze. Sorry, there was no crowd. A fan surrounded by empty seats. And here’s the best part about the attendance at your first couple of home games this season. The reaction from those who were actually there is that the number of fans in the building was far less than what was announced. We know that earlier this year you said you were no longer going to give away tickets; that only people who pay money will be allowed to attend games. A smart concept that is, and certainly one that has worked pretty well in other cities. But it’s too little, too late Florida. You can’t charge people for things you used to give away or you’ll end up with what you’ve got -- crowds smaller than they get for high school football in your part of the world. To be honest, if you went away tomorrow, we wouldn’t miss you at all. No one looks forward to you coming to their building. Except for the fact you’re usually an easy mark for two points. Look, this recent attendance thing is really just the tip of the iceberg with what’s wrong about you. Take your track record on the ice. It makes the Toronto Maple Leafs look a model for how to build a team. In your 20 seasons leading up to this one, you’ve reached the playoffs exactly four times. I know, you made the Stanley Cup final back in 1996 – but the other three times? Three first round exits. You’ve been to the post-season once in the past 14 seasons. Geraard Gallant is your 13th head coaches in 21 seasons. Carmelo Anthony Jersey. Let that sink in, 13 head coaches in 21 seasons. They say teams that bottom-out are destined to become great in the NHL. Except you, Florida. You’ve had either the first, second or third overall pick of the draft in four of the past five seasons. You’ve picked thirteen times in the top 10 in 21 seasons, nine times in the Top 5. How in the world have you been so consistently awful? Even the Edmonton Oilers are amazed you can’t win with that. I mean if you were moved to Quebec City tomorrow and wiped from our memories, what would we miss? You’re all-time leader in games played is Stephen Weiss. You’re all-time goal-scoring leader? Olli Jokinen. The thing you’re best remembered for is helping to usher in the widespread use of the neutral zone trap once your mediocre roster rode that sleepy strategy all the way to the final in ‘96. You’re only players who reached the Hall of Fame are guys who played their best hockey for northern teams, and then moved to Florida to play out their final years. Kind of like most people in Southern Florida. Sure, general manager Dale Talon is a quality hockey man, but how successful is anyone going to be with an organization that makes the owners’ son – with zero qualified experience -- its vice-president of hockey operations. Look, we all remember back in 1992 when the NHL awarded the Florida Panthers franchise to Wayne Huizinga and everyone was excited about linking up with a guy whose Bluckbuster Video business was one of the leading entertainment companies in North America. Well, guess what? Huizinga is long gone and Blockbuster Video doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe it was no coincidence that you were named after an endangered species. Maybe its simply time you became extinct. Cheap Jerseys Throwback Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback China NFL Jerseys ' ' '