Sharks Beat Blues – Labanc Gets OT Winner

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Kevin Labanc scored at 3:21 of overtime, Timo Meier had two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday to take the Western Conference lead.

Labanc scored his 12th goal off assists from Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl.

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San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc celebrates with teammate Marcus Sorensen. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Meier extended his goals streak to four games to help San Jose win its fourth straight and move a point ahead of the idle Calgary Flames. The Sharks are 13-3-1 in their last 17 games.

Brayden Schenn and Pat Maroon scored for the Blues. St. Louis lost for the third time in five games after going 13-1-1 in its previous 15.

The Blues tied it at 2 with 2.1 seconds left in the second period on Schenn’s power-play goal.

St. Louis scored midway through the first period on Maroon’s power-play goal.

San Jose took a 2-1 lead on Meier’s 25th and 26th goals in the last four minutes of the first period. Meier tied it with a power play goal at 16:23 of the first period and put the Sharks ahead with 27 seconds left.

NOTES: St. Louis F Vladimir Tarasenko was out with an upper body injury. His status is day to day. … Jaden Schwartz moved up to the first line to take Tarasenko’s spot and Zach Sanford came off the bench to take Schwartz’s spot on the third line. … G Jake Allen got a rare second straight start after getting the shutout in a 4-0 win against Los Angeles on Thursday. … Sharks F Evander Kane (mid-body injury) and All-Star D Erik Karlsson (groin) both missed their fourth straight games. … Labanc played in his 200th career game. … Sharks C Joe Thornton moved into a tie with Stan Mikita for 14th on the all-time points list (1,467).


Blues: Host Arizona on Tuesday night.

Sharks: At Minnesota on Monday night.


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Gideon Rubin, The Associated Press