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Sharks end slide, beat Blues 2-1

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) blocks a shot by San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) as Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) defends in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

ST. LOUIS — Tim Kennedy and the San Jose Sharks were happy to end their long winless streak.

Kennedy scored on a wobbling shot in the third period and Antti Niemi made 25 saves to help the Sharks end a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

The seven-game streak was the Sharks' longest since a 10-game run Nov. 5-30, 2005.

Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season with a franchise-record seven successive wins.

St. Louis has dropped five consecutive home games for the first time since losing five in a row Dec. 18, 2009, to Jan. 2, 2010. The Blues also had a three-game winning streak halted. They were coming off a perfect road trip with wins in Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.

Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal at 13:02 on a shot from the left faceoff circle that eluded goalie Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.

"I don't know how that quite went through him — but it's a goal," Kennedy said. "The puck came off the wall and I just fired it. You can't score if you don't shoot."

Kennedy scored for the second time in just three games this season. His fluttering shot seemed to surprise Allen.

"It was kind of a knuckler, it sort of wobbled on me," Allen said.

The Sharks were 0-for-February entering the game, including four one-goal losses.


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