Earthquakes fall short in 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake 

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By Pearl Allison Lo

In a highly contested game between the fourth and fifth teams in the Western Conference, Real Salt Lake won out at home as the San Jose Earthquakes struggled on the road again.

Real Salt Lake moved to a second-place tie with the Seattle Sounders after the game. Meanwhile, it was the Quakes’ fourth straight road loss. They have been shutout in the last two with a total of two goals scored during the four-game stretch. San Jose was outshot also (12-9) for the first time since they last played Real Salt Lake on July 6. 

6’1” Damir Kreilach was the hero for Real Salt Lake. His fifth shot of the match broke an eight-game scoreless match since July 13. After a corner, Brooks Lennon chased down the ball on the other side of the net, sent the ball back and Kreilach headed the ball successfully in the 75th minute. 

After a ball from San Jose’s Cristian Espinoza, Carlos Fierro had a chance on net in the 16th minute, but Nick Rimando off his line, was able to diverte the ball sideways. 

Vega made a critical save in the 36th minute. After Paul Marie was intercepted by Lennon near midfield, Kreilach sent forward a downwards header, but Vega was able to block it with his right lower leg.

Kreilach was the only one with multiple shots in the first half. His two shots were both on goal. For the game, the players with the second-most shots only had two apiece.

Judson was able to avoid a serious ankle injury in the second half.

Vega warded off a free kick by Sebastian Saucedo in the 68th minute, but could be seen favoring his left thigh after.

In stoppage time, Real Salt Lake’s Jefferson Savarino nearly had a goal of his own, hitting the bar from the near post, in between yellow cards issued to the Quakes’ Florian Jungwirth and Anibal Godoy.  

Notes: Godoy had his first start since the game versus Los Angeles Football Club. Fierro made his first MLS start. Real Salt Lake’s Douglas Martínez made his MLS debut.

Up Next: San Jose next plays New York City Football Club quickly on Saturday in a 9:30 am start for the middle game of their road trip. 

Déjà vu, drama and entertainment in Earthquakes’ 4-0 loss

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By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES — The first team to clinch a playoff spot, LAFC showed no signs of slowing down versus the San Jose Earthquakes in front of an ecstatic home crowd Wednesday with their fifth straight win. 

After LAFC thumped the Quakes 5-0 in their first meeting this season, LAFC certainly showed what they thought of San Jose as part of Heineken® Rivalry Week by nearly duplicating the result. 

The last time the two teams met the Quakes were also winless in three games and LAFCś Carlos Vela scored a brace to round out a 3-0 first half as well.

To add to the drama and entertainment, this match had some spice and sugar. 

It started when one of LAFC’s players slid in between Vako and keeper Daniel Vega in the 37th minute. It was a possible handball that was not called or reviewed outwardly. This fired up several people on the sidelines, leading to a lot of arguing and then eventually the translator and head coach Matías Almeyda being kicked out. Later it was reported that the League reviewed the play as it was ongoing and found no penalty. 

To add insult to injury, after the drama on the sidelines, Vela made another appearance as he put on a show, making moves against Florian Jungwirth, skirting Vega and tapping the ball in past Nick Lima in the 41st minute. 

Vela finished with a brace and now his league-leading goal total stands at 26. He has four goals in the past three games.

San Jose had three different starters than last game, Danny Hoesen, Marcos López & Anibal Godoy. López had not played with the team since July 27 and Godoy since June 1. 

Both had ten shots apiece in the first half and the Quakes outshot their opponent again overall, 22-18.

Recapping the first half, from the center circle, Eduard Atuesta found Josh Pérez in the goal box between two San Jose players. Vega saved the first shot but his two-handed save rebounded right to Diego Rossi who scored before sliding in the 6th minute. 

The Quakes had a great sequence on the other end with multiple touches, but could not get close enough to the target.

LAFC persisted, too, with several near chances that San Jose was able to thwart until the 17th minute.

Eventually, a video review awarded a penalty shot to Vela due to a handball by Godoy, which Vela used to put the Quakes in a 2-0 hole.  

Jungwirth helped get the ball out of danger in the 31st minute. 

Hoesen hit the near post in the 32nd minute. He had the most shots in the first half, four with his last two attempts in the 50th minute. 

In the second half, things were a bit quieter as LAFC was able to keep San Jose at bay. 

In the 55th minute, LAFC keeper Tyler Miller and then Tristan Blackmon stopped Vako and López respectively. 

The Quakes’ Carlos Fierro won a free kick in the 74th minute which was saved. Guram Kashia got the rebound but his shot went high. 

It looked like San Jose might emerge from at least the second half unscathed, but Josh Pérez wanted his first MLS goal too. After dribbling, he went around Fierro and found the far corner in the 81st minute.

After the 91st minute, video review went the Quakes way after a called goal by Adama Diomande was retracted, saving San Jose from a complete full circle. 

Up Next: Both teams had one suspended player apiece before the game, Walker Zimmerman for LAFC and Judson for the Quakes. San Jose will put their road trip in the rear view mirror and look to get back on track with the first of a two-game homestand Saturday versus the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:00 p.m.

Quakes’ results go back to March in 2-1 loss

sjearthquakes photo: The San Jose Quakes take a tough loss from Sporting KC on Saturday. The Quakes have not won in their last three games.

By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Earthquakes were unable to hold on, losing back-to-back games for the first time since the season started as they lost to Sporting Kansas City Saturday. 

The Quakes remained in sixth place and Kansas City are now six points under the playoff line. Both of San Jose’s recent setbacks were 2-1 losses.

While the Quakes scored first, they were outscored in the second, with all three goals in the game almost exactly 25 minutes apart.

Chris Wondolowski began the contest with more MLS records as he headed in his 10th goal of the season. He now has played 10 seasons in a row with 10 or more goals as he scored his 72nd career goal on the road. San Jose’s sequence began with Cristian Espinoza’s corner kick as he found Wondolowski with space. The ball then hit the near post as it traveled along the netting for the 1-0 start.  Wondolowski led all with four shots in the first half as he earned his first point since July 20.  

San Jose goalie Daniel Vega started off the second half with a right hand slap of Johnny Russell’s attempt in the 47th minute.  

However, Sporting was able to match the Quakes in the 50th minute. Russell started from the far right side to send the ball to Jimmy Medranda, who made a close connection with Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber then swung his left leg around to send the ball through traffic with Vega making an unsuccessful dive. 

Vega was able to make another near post save in the 71st minute against Roger Espinoza as Vega made an aggressive offensive slide. 

San Jose’s Andrés Rios made his MLS debut in the 68th minute.  

The winning ball was set up by a foul against Vako which led to a free kick. Russell took the kick as it went off the near corner post right to Graham Smith, who earned his first career MLS goal on the entry in the 76th minute.  

Substitute Danny Hoesen had a close chance on the other end but San Jose were unable to tack on another through the 94th minute.. 

Up Next: Judson received another caution in the 59th minute and will miss the Quakes’ following meeting versus the Los Angeles Football Club Wednesday at 7:30 pm. 

Quakes come back once, but not twice, in 2-1 loss

photo from mercurynews.com: San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson, right, reaches in to stop Colorado Rapids forward Andre Shinyashiki who drives to the net in the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Commerce City, Colo.

By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Earthquakes fell behind on the road for the fourth straight time as the Colorado Rapids were successful for their second game in a row Saturday.

The result put an end to the Quakes’ five-game unbeaten streak. Vako was the lone scorer with his fourth goal in five games. Colorado’s Diego Rubio had a goal and an assist. 

In the first half, San Jose led possession (64.4%-35.6%) and shots 11-7, two of them hitting the post and Chris Wondolowski (back in the lineup) led all with four shots, his frustration clear after his attempts. 

One of the two posts hit, came in the 21st minute from Judson, his rebound going straight to Florian Jungwirth and then to keeper Clint Irwin. 

Vako, Salinas and Wondolowski had a try at tic-tac-toe, but it fell short with Wondolowski in the 27th minute. Judson was then able to stop Kei Kamara at the other end.

Before two minutes of stoppage were added, the Rapids were the first to score this time as  Kellyn Acosta scored his first goal since May 11, Kamara taking a piggyback ride in celebration.

In the second half, the Quakes maintained their possession advantage, but the Rapids were much better. 

San Jose’s Danny Hoesen and Carlos Fierro (debut) came in as substitutes in the 58th minute.  

Right after Andre Shinyashiki hit the post, Magnuss Eriksson sent the ball down to Hoesen, who with his back to net, made the much shorter pass up to Vako. Vako kicked at net and Irwin did not even have the chance to make a save attempt in the 62nd minute. 

Colorado went back up 2-1 when Rubio received the pass from Keegan Rosenberry with space. Rubio was easily able to maneuver himself into an advantageous position in the 73rd minute. It was Rubio’s third straight goal in as many games, the first of the streak beginning against the Quakes and looking back further, his sixth goal in the past eight games. 

The Rapids were able to maintain their lead through five more minutes of stoppage time in the second half.

Up Next: San Jose continues their three-game road trip next Saturday versus Sporting Kansas City at 5:30 pm. 

Hoesen stuns opponents again, Quakes win 2-1

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By Pearl Allison Lo

CARSON, Calif. — Danny Hoesen jumped off the bench with his second substitute goal in as many games, as the Earthquakes won the California Clasico series 2-0 versus the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dignity Health Tennis Center Friday night.

Hoesen made his minutes count. After teammate Vako broke through former San Jose goalie David Bingham three minutes earlier, Hoesen made sure that would not be all. At the speed of pinball, Vako started off the play kicking to Hoesen, who came in two minutes earlier, to Bingham and into the net in the 64th minute. Last game, Hoesen scored in the 93rd minute to lead his team to victory. 

With the win, San Jose jumped to fourth place in the Western Conference, three points behind the Galaxy. It was the Earthquakes’ first visit to  Dignity Health Sports Park since it was renamed from StubHub Center. Last matchup between the teams, San Jose also won with three goals.

The Quakes’ 32 shots were a season-high and the most ever in a road game for them.

Magnus Eriksson had a game-high six chances created, 88 touches and 69 total passes, but pointed out, “We need to stay humble, because we know what happened last season, and it was tough…if we start being cocky about our way of playing, I think we can go straight down…stay united as a team and if we do that, we will continue taking victories. We’re nothing without that…”  

It was a tale of two halves for Bingham and the two teams in terms of scoring. Bingham stood tall in the first, despite San Jose outshooting Los Angeles 12-2. He even made a season-high seven saves throughout the game before the Quakes started scoring. 

The scoring in the opening half was based on corners. Both of the Galaxy’s shots came off them. San Jose had 10 corners, two of them sandwiched an attempt by Espinoza in the 19th minute. 

The Quakes fell behind early. The Quakes’ Tommy Thompson just got the ball out of the way in front of the net in the 2nd minute before Uriel Antuna could get to it. However, it resulted in a successful corner by Jonathan dos Santos the same minute. The ball landed right on Rolf Feltscher’s left foot as he kicked the ball in goal for the early lead. 

San Jose’s Cristian Espinoza went flying which earned him a free kick in the 5th minute. On the other end, Thompson earned a yellow card when he grabbed his opponent by his jersey when he went by. 

Vako just missed with the first shot in the 12th minute. That same minute Chris Wondolowski tried too, but it went into the hands of Bingham. 

In the 23rd minute, the teams almost almost repeated the games’ 2nd minute. Antuna was veering into wide open territory but, Guram Kashia pushed the ball away for another corner. This corner did not result in a goal though, but Daniel Vega was forced to reach for the crossbar as he was able to tip the ball away.  

Frustration was evident in the 48th minute after Wondolowski ended up with a chance at an empty net in the 48th minute. 

The Quakes’ finally broke through though in the 61st minute with patience and continued attack. Vako was the scorer with an almost straightaway shot that found the bottom left corner. 

Los Angeles had three shots after, two in the 70th minute (blocked and missed). San Jose had seven before scoring again, six of them on target, including two in the 77th, one in the 78th and two in the 79th. 

The Quakes’ persistence paid off once again in the 85th minute. Bingham was able to block Vako’s initial shot but the rebound went straight to Jackson Yueill, off Bingham’s fingers and into the net. 

Up Next: San Jose’s shots in the first were evened out with four apiece on target, off target and blocked. The Quakes now set their sights on the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday July 20 at 7 pm to close out their road trip.  

Minnesota United ends Earthquakes’ unbeaten streak with 3-1 win

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Earthquakes’ six-game streak was serious, but Minnesota United FC–also known as the Loons–showed their game before was not a fluke, halting the Earthquakes with a 3-1 win at Allianz Field Wednesday.

With just a point separating them in the standings, Minnesota leapfrogged San Jose after the result. The last time the two teams met it was during the infancy of the 2019 season. Minnesota won 3-0 and it was the Quakes’ second straight loss and first shutout of the season and would be followed by three more losses.

Minnesota whooped FC Cincinnati their last game 7-1, and even though FC Cincinnati was in last place, they proved their play with their performance versus rising San Jose. In both this and their last game, Minnesota’s possession percentage hovered in the 30s.

Goalie Vito Mannone excelled for his team, making a MLS career-high seven saves, especially in the second half, as the Quakes attempted to come from behind. San Jose had 27 to Minnesota’s 13 shots and 10 shots blocked.

Michael Boxall had the game-winner in the 52nd minute. An inadvertent kick forward by San Jose helped and before goalie Daniel Vega could get to the ball, Boxall capitalized to put Minnesota back up.

The Quakes fell behind for just the second time in 12 games, early in the 5th minute. Darwin Quintero was aided by Ethan Finlay and Miguel Ibarra.

Things got heated in the end of the first half. San Jose’s Vako bled, both teams jawed at each other and the Quakes’ Tommy Thompson got knocked down. Thompson ended up scoring his second goal in as many games with either his hip or stomach in the 47th minute in stoppage time as a result.

As Thompson put it, “We have a couple different set pieces that we work on; Magnus [Eriksson] and Cristian [Espinoza] can both whip a great ball in. We get a lot of guys in the box for a reason and I’m glad it payed off on that play.”

San Jose ended up with 65% possession throughout the game. Minnesota received four of five yellow cards in the second half. The Quakes’ Magnus Eriksson had a game-high six shots.

Eriksson replied, “Nothing to be ashamed of. We controlled the whole second half and we are proud of the way we executed this game…”

Teammate Shea Salinas made his presence known after entering in the 66th minute. He had two assists on shots Mannone was forced to save, to Danny Hoesen in the 68th minute and Eriksson in the 71st minute.

Thompson’s shot in the 88th minute went over the bar.

Minnesota wasn’t done yet though. Former Quake Ike Opara had the primary assist as he won the ball against Minnesotan Jackson Yueill and sent it to Kevin Molino from the midfield Molino who entered in the 83rd minute, scored in the 92nd minute and got a yellow card the minute after. Molino also had the last goal of the last match, which came in the 87th minute and he was the only repeat scorer for Minnesota between their last two games.

San Jose still had life when Cristian Espinoza was pulled down, but his subsequent attempt was saved as well.

Up Next: The Quakes will have an even quicker turnaround for their next game, as they return home for one game to host Real Salt Lake Saturday at 7:30 pm.

Earthquakes unable to move on in U.S. Open Cup

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By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES– The Southern California team advanced in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 as the Los Angeles Football Club defended its turf 3-1 Thursday.

LAFC was 7-0-1 at home before this game and will move on to face the Portland Timbers (who shut out the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0) in the Quarterfinals match July 10.

San Jose is now 0-4-0 all-time versus LAFC. However, for facing the number one team in MLS, the Quakes held their own, especially in the first half score wise, and scored their first goal at Banc of California Stadium.

LAFC’s Diego Rossi had a goal and an assist. Keeper Pablo Sisniega made eight saves and San Jose’s Andrew Tarbell six.

“The keeper made a couple great saves, and changed the game in that sense…they finished their chances and have that killer instinct,” remarked Quakes’ Captain Chris Wondolowski.

LAFC controlled the first third possession-wise, bur Vako picked up right where he left off in U.S. Open Cup Play, after scoring his second goal in the 91st minute versus Sacramento Republic Tuesday the previous week. Jackson Yueill found an opening for the ball to send it upfield to Cristian Espinoza, who passed to his left to Vako who was then able to score in front of his defender near Sisniega in the 7th minute. It was another statistical contribution in the tournament for Espinoza, who scored in the 38th minute last game.

In the 20th minute, Wondo had a header that went off Sisniega’s fingertips and into the net, but Wondo was offsides.

Rossi had a one-on-one battle near goal in which he and the home crowd thought he got fouled.  

Rossi finally broke through the defense with a diagonal kick to tie the game up in the 35th minute. Lee Nguyen got the assist.

Latif Blessing narrowly missed in the 40th minute after it went off Tarbell’s fingers.

Vako and Rossi both led the first half with three shots apiece. San Jose had four shots on target compared to one for LAFC.

Rossi delivered the ball and Adama Diomande gave LAFC its first lead in the 60th minute when he sped to get around Tarbell, resulting in the goal.

Espinoza almost single-handedly took back the goal in the 63rd minute after a long pass, but was stifled by Sisniega.

Espinoza’s fifth shot attempt in the 76th minute left two Quakes sprawled in the grass.

Captain Carlos Vela then made his mark in front of an already hyped crowd. He maneuvered his way to the front of the net as Tarbell went the opposite direction in the 85th minute to make it 3-1. Tristan Blackmon was credited with the helper.

“We weren’t clinical enough,” noted Wondolowski, but also in reply to the 5-0 drubbing from their opponents on March 30, “we’re not scared of anyone anymore.”

Up Next: Vako led with six shots, followed by Espinoza’s five and Vela and Rossi with four apiece. San Jose will now travel back home for the regular season to play host for two games, starting with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday at 7:30 pm.   

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tarasenko takes Blues to Stanley Cup Final, beat Sharks 5-1

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By Pearl Allison Lo

St. Louis had to wait 49 years as Vladimir Tarasenko struck the game-winner, and the Blues put another dominant win together (5-1) at Enterprise Center to continue the San Jose Sharks’ wait for the ultimate trophy Tuesday.

Tarasenko’s goal capped his most successful round of the playoffs and St. Louis had their second multiple goal win in a row, winning the series 4-2.   

After suffering their second 5-0 loss of the playoffs, the Sharks did not get to rebound with a win and lost a chance at a third Game 7 after reaching the Conference Final for the first time since their Stanley Cup Final run in 2016.

The injuries that created absences in Game 5 for Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl loomed as they were unable to appear in Game 6 too.

Like last game, if goals scored off special teams were not counted, the game would have been a lot closer, but the offense was just as absent.

Goalie Jordan Binnington made 25 saves off 26 shots. Teammate Ryan O’Reilly assisted with both goals in the first and had three assists overall.

San Jose’s Evander Kane led all with five shots on goal and had two close chances in the second and third.  

Saint Louis scored their sixth straight goal at just 1:32 into the contest, since the Sharks last scored in Game 4. David Perron had his sixth point of the series. The goal was originally credited to Sammy Blais. The Blues ot a 2-on-1 where Brent Burns stopped an initial shot by O’Reilly. Burns was not able to stop the pass though when the puck came back to O’Reilly. The pass went to Blais in the dot of the left faceoff circle and Perron was able to redirect the puck past Jones.

In between first period goals, a lower body injury occurred to an unusual man on the ice, referee Wes McCauley. He was replaced by referee Gord Dwyer.

Seven seconds into the first penalty of the game, Saint Louis doubled their lead. O’Reilly won the draw, passed to Tarasenko who did a back-and-forth with Colton Parayko and Tarasenko fired the puck over goalie Martin Jones’ shoulder from inside the right faceoff circle. It was Tarasenko’s eighth straight point and second straight goal.

San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic led with three shots on goal in the first period.

The next goal came at 6:40 of the second. Because of injuries, the Sharks’ Dylan Gambrell was in the game for the first time since April 26. He took advantage, splitting the Blues’ lead with his first NHL point and goal. It also stopped San Jose’s scoreless streak from hitting 100 minutes. Jones got the second assist as he blocked Patrick Maroon’s shot on the other end and sent the puck to Joonas Donskoi. Donskoi then made a long pass to Gambrell within the far blue line, who scored far side versus Binnington.

It was looking up until San Jose had their second penalty at 10:57 and Saint Louis scored their second power play goal 10 seconds before their advantage ran out. Logan Couture whiffed on a chance before the penalty.

It was Brayden Schenn’s second straight point and first goal since April 18, which came during the opening round of the playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets. Robert Thomas kept the puck from going out, and eventually also got the puck to Alex Pietrangelo, who shot from the point. The puck hit Jones’ right pad and Schenn was able to scoot the puck in right before Joakim Ryan got his stick there.

It was Pietrangelo’s 11th assist of the playoffs and 

The Sharks outshot the Blues 10-3 in the final frame.

San Jose got their advantage early in the third period when Maroon was whistled at 1:36. The Sharks kept in a clearing attempt and the power play was characterized by Kevin Labanc hitting the crossbar in between the net getting knocked off its moorings twice.  

Tyler Bozak made it 4-1 and the puck might have gone off San Jose’s Gus Nyquist at 13:05 and Ivan Barbashev provided the final tally on an empty net at 17:45.

For a team now looking towards next year once again, longtime player

Thornton, Karlsson score 2 apiece in Sharks’ 5-4 win over Blues in OT

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The St. Louis Blues almost had the game sealed with less than a minute left in the third period, but an apparent overtime hand pass made it a 5-4 loss Wednesday in Game 3.

In the playoffs, St. Louis is now 0-2 and San Jose 2-1 with the Sharks leading the series 2-1. 

Dubbed “the best remaining player in the playoffs,” Logan “Clutch-ure” made his case when he sent the contest to the series’ first overtime. He tied a franchise-record for most goals in a single postseason with 16 goals. The other guy? Teammate Joe Pavelski in 2016. Couture had his first four shots of the game in the third period.

In that extra period, there was a bit of back-and-forth, which seemed to favor the Blues. However, on the final play, Timo Meier made a shot, then bounced the puck on the ice with his hand in a directing motion. Teammate Gus Nyquist raced in front and passed to Erik Karlsson who slid the puck to score. It resulted in multiple players hitting their stick, St. Louis’ Brayden Schenn swinging his twice and breaking his stick.

The call was not reviewable since none of the four on-ice officials had seen what happened.

Erik Karlsson after the game described it as, “the longest yard out there.”

If not for the way the game ended, the storyline of a tale of two periods might have prevailed. The Sharks ended the first with a 2-0 lead. However, after the second, they found themselves down 4-3 after giving up four goals, three consecutively.

“I didn’t get an explanation, except there’s a set of different of rules for two teams,” Pietrangelo said.

San Jose’s Joe Thornton and the Blues’ David Perron’s pair of goals apiece were their first multi-goal games ever in the playoffs. Kevin Labanc and Colton Parayko had assists during each player’s respective goals, Parayko’s two part of three straight assists.  

Logan Couture and the Sharks had not scored since 6:54 of the second in Game 2 but that changed in the latter half of the first period.

The first goal of the playoffs came at 13:37 and snapped a 31-game streak for Karlsson as he scored his first of the playoffs and first of 2019. Micheal Haley hit Joel Edmundson, causing a turnover and Karlsson nabbed his first goal since December 29 from beyond the left faceoff circle. In San Jose’s last five games the team who has scored first has won.

Thornton made it 2-0 at 16:58 and has now scored versus each 2019 playoff opponent. He moved hard to shoot the puck along the boards and when he got it back, shot it to his left while looking back towards the net. It was Thornton’s first goal since April 26.

The second period started with the Blues coming within one of the Sharks twice and it started quick.

Alexander Steen broke onto the scene early in the second at 1:18 to make it 2-1.

18 seconds later, Brenden Dillon made a long shot, Labanc recovered the rebound behind the net and made a quick shot to Thornton with a defender in front to reestablish the two-goal lead. With space, Thornton got the puck to the net before goalie Jordan Binnington. It was Thornton’s most goals in a game since February 18 with his second of the night. Josh Dubow of the Associated Press tweeted, his “4 goals this postseason are his most in a single playoffs.”

Vladimir Tarasenko, who had been silent since May 1, made another Blues push to make it 3-2 at 4:05.

Things remained quiet until 16:03, when Perron got the Blues even at 3-3.

It became a three-goal spiral when the Sharks also received their first penalty at 17:42. Halfway in,  the Blues ended up getting their first lead when Perron scored again.

St. Louis’ Vince Dunn took a shot in the face from Dillon and had to leave the game.

There was also a potential delay of game by the Blues that was not called.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer stuck with goalie Martin Jones to start off the third period and it paid off. Jones blocked a potential hat trick shot from Perron among other saves.

The Sharks’ Justin Braun being hit up high was another controversial non-call.

With less than a minute left in the game, Joe Pavelski had the helper on the goal that sent both teams to overtime. He was denied with his own shot up front 10 seconds before.

It was smartly noted by the NBCSN broadcast that because of two straight icings, Parayko, who had been shutting down Couture, was not on ice when Couture scored.

Both Couture and Jones said, “we’ve got to play better” and Jones cited “turnovers, lost battles.”

Up Next: Game 4 remains in St. Louis for Friday’s match at 5 pm.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks on brink of elimination after 5-0 blanking

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By Pearl Allison Lo

Max Pacioretty led the Vegas Golden Knights with a four-point night over the San Jose Sharks in a Game 4 win 5-0 at T-Mobile Arena Tuesday.

Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for the third straight game, two apiece at the end. Vegas had an identical game score March 21.

The last time the Sharks were held scoreless was February 21. It was their biggest margin in a loss since November 24.

Marc-Andre Fleury made a perfect 28 saves in the victory.  

Meanwhile, San Jose used two goalies again like in Game 2, but this time, Martin Jones took the loss and Aaron Dell gave up more goals.

The Sharks were still without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and also without Micheal Haley and Joe Thornton, who served his one-game suspension for a hit to the head in Game 3.

Vegas scored their third and fifth goals on the power play. San Jose went 0-for-4 and were outhit 54-37.

The game-winner ended up being the fourth straight goal that came within the opening two minutes of a period and involved two familiar players. The Sharks failed to keep the puck within the Knights’ zone and Mark Stone picked up the loose puck at the far blue line. He then dropped the puck back for Pacioretty before moving the defenseman, as Pacioretty shot from the top of the right faceoff circle near the slot at 1:11.

Both teams then got two penalties apiece when they committed four penalties in the span of six minutes. San Jose generated momentum on both of their power plays, with four shots during the first one and six in the second.

However, the Sharks’ enthusiasm was curbed when Shea Theodore managed to nab a 2-0 goal with less than a minute remaining.

San Jose led shots 18-7 by the end of the first period.

The start of the second period marked a change in goalies as Dell came in for Jones.

Vegas’s William Karlsson hit the goal post.

Dell lost his immunity in the game when he made an initial save versus Pacioretty and then inadvertently transferred the puck over to the right for a long rebound back to Pacioretty. Stone made a long pass across the ice past four San Jose players right before.

The Sharks’ Kevin Labanc hit the goal post with one minute to go.

Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault had their first goals of the playoffs at 6:37 and 16:24 of the third, respectively.

San Jose was outshot 13-2 in the final period.  

Up Next: The Sharks face the Knights with their backs against the wall. Game 5 is Thursday in San Jose at 7 pm.