Scoring Chances: Game 64 v. St. Louis

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 15: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues fights for control of the puck with Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game at HP Pavilion at San Jose on October 15, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Blues won the game 4-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Blues excel at limiting scoring opportunities at both ends of the ice and that was on full display last night, along with more evidence that St. Louis is very much the real deal as one of the best teams in the league this season. The Sharks went 35 minutes in this game without recording a scoring chance, a span that enveloped the entire second period. They ended the night with 5 chances - just 4 at even strength, one of which came with Antti Niemi pulled for an extra attacker. The Blues only generated 7 EV chances themselves (and an additional 6 on the power play) but that wasn't for a lack of effort as they spent the vast majority of the game in the Sharks' zone despite holding the lead for nearly 57 minutes. It was really just a flawless game from a team that's flat out better than the Sharks by any metric. Another one to erase from the memory bank if you're San Jose and hope like hell you don't have to face these guys in the playoffs.

Best EV Forward: Eight were tied at +0

Worst EV Forward: Joe Thornton (-4), Joe Pavelski (-4)

Best EV Defenseman: Justin Braun (+1)

Worst EV Defenseman: Dan Boyle (-3)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 6 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 5 13 4 7 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 19:07 Pavelski F 8 19 22 31 39 44 6 10 21 41 46 57 5v5
SJS 1 17:18 Marleau SH 8 12 22 31 44 10 21 22 27 41 44 4v5
STL 1 17:09 Goal - McDonald PP 8 12 22 31 44 10 21 22 27 41 44 4v5
STL 1 6:37 McDonald T 8 19 22 31 39 44 5 10 21 22 41 57 5v5
STL 1 6:35 Berglund R 8 19 22 31 39 44 5 10 21 22 41 57 5v5
STL 1 6:34 Perron R 8 19 22 31 39 44 5 10 21 22 41 57 5v5
STL 1 5:40 Berglund T 5 12 22 29 31 57 5 10 21 22 41 57 5v5
SJS 1 4:44 Vlasic T 17 18 31 34 44 61 6 12 32 41 46 75 5v5
STL 1 4:11 Goal - Oshie T 3 8 19 22 31 39 17 27 28 41 42 74 5v5
STL 2 13:12 Backes T 3 17 18 31 34 88 6 17 41 42 46 74 5v5
STL 2 7:47 Shattenkirk PP 3 8 12 31 88 10 21 22 27 41 44 4v5
STL 2 7:23 Perron PP 5 17 19 31 44 22 27 41 42 57 74 4v5
STL 2 7:22 Goal - Shattenkirk PP 5 17 19 31 44 22 27 41 42 57 74 4v5
STL 3 15:33 Perron P 8 12 19 31 44 88 10 21 27 28 41 57 5v5
STL 3 13:53 Berglund PP 3 8 12 31 88 10 21 22 27 41 44 4v5
STL 3 13:36 Berglund PP 3 8 12 31 88 10 21 22 27 41 44 4v5
SJS 3 10:12 Marleau P 5 12 22 29 31 57 6 12 25 26 41 46 5v5
SJS 3 0:08 Pavelski 6v5 P 8 12 19 22 29 88 5 10 27 41 42 74 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
2 J. VANDERMEER 1:43 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
3 D. MURRAY 14:02 0 2 0:00 0 0 2:33 0 3
5 C. WHITE 10:21 1 1 0:00 0 0 2:09 0 2
8 J. PAVELSKI 17:06 2 5 3:29 0 0 3:34 1 4
10 B. WINCHESTER 3:46 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 15:55 2 2 3:32 0 0 3:34 1 4
17 T. MITCHELL 13:38 1 1 1:15 0 0 1:53 0 2
18 D. MOORE 16:47 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:24 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 15:48 2 5 4:00 0 0 1:40 0 2
22 D. BOYLE 20:20 3 5 4:20 0 0 2:09 1 1
29 R. CLOWE 15:54 2 1 1:46 0 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 46:38 3 7 5:15 0 0 6:47 1 6
34 D. WINNIK 13:44 1 1 0:00 0 0 1:09 0 0
37 T. GALIARDI 2:30 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 15:18 1 4 3:29 0 0 1:20 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 20:43 2 4 0:00 0 0 2:29 1 3
57 T. WINGELS 12:37 1 1 1:43 0 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 11:58 1 0 0:55 0 0 1:17 0 0
88 B. BURNS 18:23 1 2 1:46 0 0 2:57 0 3

Chance Types

Team Transition Odd-man Rebound Forecheck Possession Steal PP SH
San Jose 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
St. Louis 4 0 2 0 1 0 6 0


Head-to-head scoring chances:

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With such a small volume of chances in this one, I don't know if there's much that can be gleaned from this chart. The obvious observation is that the top line didn't fare very well against the Berglund line for St. Louis, who they were matched up against for about half their shifts.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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