Blues 4, Sharks 2

Brian Elliott stayed calm and cool in his first start. He also

got a little lucky.

Elliott stopped 34 of 36 shots, including a point-blank shot in

the third period, and Kent Huskins and Alexander Steen scored in

the third period to lift the St. Louis Blues past the San Jose

Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night.

”Credit the guys for getting back on track,” Blues coach Davis

Payne said. ”San Jose got us way back on our heels in the second

period. Fortunately, our goalie made some big saves.”

Matt D’Agostini and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who

ended a three-game winless streak to the Sharks by winning their

first game here in nearly two years.

”We expected to give up a few more shots in this building and

against that team,” Elliott said. ”We were ready for that and the

guys did a good job.”

Brent Burns and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, who lost

their second game in as many nights.

”We didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan

said. ”But we made enough for them to score.”

Thomas Greiss had 16 saves for San Jose.

Elliott turned back the Sharks despite being under pressure most

of the night. The biggest of his 13 saves in the final period was

stopping Dan Boyle’s shot during a power play.

”The puck kind of squirted loose and he had a clear shot,”

Elliott said. ”It was a desperation play to get over and get

anything in front of it. It happened to go into my glove and I’m

happy for that. Those are the fun saves to make.”

Greiss, who played in San Jose’s loss to Anaheim on Friday

night, was back in the net although Antti Niemi said he felt good

enough to play.

”The puck seemed to be bouncing off the ice pretty badly,”

Boyle said. ”You have to keep it simple, especially on bad ice. We

started to do that in the second period. We just need to simply

things and keep playing hard.”

D’Agostini picked off a pass in front of the Sharks net at 2:37

of the first period and beat Greiss to give the Blues the early

edge.

Handzus tied the game with a power-play goal in the second

period, picking up Ryane Clowe’s rebound and getting it past

Elliott.

Burns’ shot on the net deflected off a defenseman and floated

past Elliott to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead in the second

period.

Huskins picked up a loose puck along the boards and fired an

unassisted goal past Greiss into the upper left corner to tie the

score at 4:33 of the third.

”I was just trying to get it to the net,” Huskins said. ”It

just kind of found its way through.”

A nifty give-and-go between Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk resulted

in the go-ahead goal at 9:18.

Backes added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Notes: Huskins scored his first goal against the Sharks in 16

career games. … Clowe has three points in his first three games.

… Jim Vandermeer made his Sharks debut. … Blues F Andy McDonald

missed the game.