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Sharks avenge Boyle hit, dominate Blues 6-2

Oct 15, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

During Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told CSNBayArea.com’s Brodie Brazil that they wanted to “finish the game” for their injured defenseman. They did just that, too, winning 6-2.

San Jose remains undefeated and has generated a whopping 30 goals in six games, giving St. Louis its first loss of 2013-14.

Losing Boyle for what could be a substantial amount of time would certainly hurt, but the Sharks made the Blues pay. They scored two power-play goals in the first period following the many bursts of violence and never turned back.

The Blues scored two goals in the third period, but were down 5-2 by then and Patrick Marleau dug the knife in a little deeper with a 6-2 power-play goal.

In a way, that violent moment seemed to overshadow a battle between two early Western Conference heavyweights, yet one could also argue that the Sharks made a statement by keeping their cool enough to dominate the Blues in their own building on national television.

The Sharks and Blues will meet in two more regular season games: Nov. 29 in San Jose and Dec. 17 in St. Louis.

Related: Boyle hospitalized, but alert and able to move extremities.

  1. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    SJ gave it to us pretty good. Blues just couldn’t come back from all those penalties at the beginning, and we’re reeling until the 3rd period. Hitch will remind them how they’re supposed to play at practice tomorrow, and my boys will come back with more poise next game. Hopefully Boyle is OK, and I’ll gladly welcome Cracknell, Porter, or even Pajaarvi into the lineup over Lapierre. Long Live the Note!

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Lappy is a great fourth liner.he didn’t mean to drive Boyle, looked to me like Boyle caught an edge as he was going around the boards and he got a bit of a push at the same time.the ref want even gonna call it until he saw Boyle stay down.

      • geauxshawx - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        Give me a break! Two guys who’ve played the game both said was uncalled for, dirty hit. Guess you know more than a future HoFer? And don’t even bring up Burns. That was Morrow stumbling, he returned. He didn’t even hit boards.

      • comeonnowguys - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        Pass whatever you’re smoking along. Sharing is caring.

      • kaptaanamerica - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Lappy is getting ripped based on reputation, watch the replays.Boyle starts falling cuz of his skate.

  2. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    *WERE reeling…

    Damn iphone

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    The Blues were the Sharks toughest opponent in the season thus far. Was good to see how they handled and injury and a tough team. Keep it up Sharks!

  4. btlpper68 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    An beat blues in every category but being dirty game was

  5. btlpper68 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    The blues could not skate witht the sharks and beat the blues in about every battle game was over before the 3 started

  6. elwaysagenius - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    So uhh… I wonder what Joe Thornton is gonna do to celebrate a 4pt game?

  7. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    It just so happened that YOUR player’s boarding hit didn’t result in a more serious injury. It’s hockey- if you don’t want to see some blood now and then, go watch golf or the new version of football. Both teams played dirty, because it’s a heated rivalry. SJ won this one, but these teams will trade blows this season, and hopefully in the playoffs. You guys have Raffi Torres- easy with the “dirty” talk…

  8. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Because Torres has not changed his game drastically? The same cannot be said about Lapierre. Sorry buddy.

  9. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I wouldn’t call Lapierre a “Blue” just yet. He’s played 4 games (and a few minutes) for us. Raffi has done enough BS in his days, so people have every reason to still hate him. Again, it didn’t seem like Lapierre meant to hit Boyle’s face into the boards. I guess Burns is an asshole for his hit on Morrow? I could care less if Lapierre plays for us- I’d much rather see Porter or Cracknell on the fourth line. If Lapierre keeps up the stupid penalties, you can bet Blues fans will boo him out of the stadium like we did Perron last year. You can see how stupid penalties can change the game in an instance…

  10. jordache49 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I’m still trying figure out why Reeves got a game misconduct and Burns sends Morrow face first into the boards and give him a 2min minor.. Sad the NHL has bush league officiating.

    That being said, Sharks whooped us up and down the ice for all 60min. Wouldn’t be surprised if this is the West final

    • skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I agree re Reeves getting a game misconduct, but the Burns hit was a simple basic boarding. The NHL has said, and the video bares this out, that Morrow tried to stop and lay a reverse hit, but Burns just got the better of the battle. 2 minutes deserved, 2 minutes served.

  11. pxland - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Please quit calling this douche “Lappy”. You are sullying the name of a great player.

  12. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    @geauxshawx
    That definitely wasn’t Morrow stumbling. That was a shove in the back, 5ft from the boards. Boyle was unlucky and hit right where the boards and glass meet. Morrow could have easily smashed his face or broke his neck with the hit from Burns. If you’re going to call Lapierre’s hit dirty, you had better call Burns’ hit the same. The result doesn’t matter- both hits had the same potential for a serious injury.

    • supercoop8 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      The morrow hit was very reminiscent of the Kaleta hit on Brad Richards last year; push from behind when a player is awkwardly reaching for the puck. Kaleta was handed a five game ban with repeat offender cited so you’d think DOS will at least give it a serious look. The discussion on whether injury should serve as the essential determining factor, either from 2min to 5min penalty on the ice or suspension vs. non-suspension, is definitely one that needs to be had but not now with Sharks fan reeling after seeing Boyle unconscious.

  13. bleedingteal4life - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Burns didn’t send anyone to the hospital. Also, you can see “lappy” smirking after the hit, he knew what he was doing the whole time.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      smirking, really? I didn’t see that at all. Who cares if Burns didn’t send someone to the hospital? You’re saying injury should play a part in determining if something was more severe, really? I’m sure if you performed the same hit on a 6’2 240lb guy and a 5’10 180 lb guy, the result would be the same. It wouldn’t. Body mass, strength, stability, that all has a lot to play into a hit and how well someone can take/brace a hit. Neither Morrow, nor Boyle was ready for that hit. Obviously, being that you’re a sharks fan, we aren’t going to see eye to eye, but you need to look at things without the Sharks glasses on.

  14. bleedingteal4life - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Yes wannabe, go to YouTube and watch it

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