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Sharks defeat Blues 4-2

  • San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, and Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS — Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

San Jose completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined score of 16-7. St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11.

Matt Irwin, Brent Burns and Marty Havlat added goals for the Sharks, who led 3-0 after 22 minutes. Niemi improved to 18-6-6.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for the Blues.

The Sharks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Pavelski and Irwin in a span of 2:56. Both came from close range on rebounds of missed shots that caromed off the end boards.


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