Blues stretch streak with win over Sharks

Friday, December 19, 2003

ST. LOUIS -- Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Keith Tkachuk had three assists to help the Blues extend their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 victory Thursday night over the San Jose Sharks.

The Blues are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. St. Louis has won four of those games by one goal, including three wins in overtime. This was just the sixth time this season the Blues (20-6-2-1) have won by at least two goals.

In their previous meeting this season, the visiting Blues defeated San Jose 4-3 in overtime. St. Louis has won its last five games against the Sharks and is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.

Blues coach Joel Quenneville has 298 victories in 561 games as the Blues' coach.

St. Louis outshot San Jose 16-8 in the first period but scored just once. The Blues scored at 7:07 when Mellanby put in a rebound of a shot by Pavol Demitra.

Tkachuk is on an eight-game point streak and he has at least one point in 14 of 15 games.

The Sharks tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 5:47 of the second period. Patrick Marleau tapped in a rebound past goalie Chris Osgood. St. Louis ranks first at home killing penalties, having fought off 60 of 65. In their last 14 games overall, the Blues have killed 57 of 62 penalties.

Two special-teams goals put St. Louis ahead 3-1 in the second period.

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