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ST. LOUIS (AP) With five goals and two assists in his last four games Adidas Chris Kunitz Jersey , Mikkel Boedker is on quite a tear at an opportune time.Boedker and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.”When you’re on a roll, the puck seems to find you a little bit,” Boedker said. ”It feels really good. Obviously, it’s a good time of the year to be productive.”Article continues below ...Joonas Donskoi also scored and Martin Jones made 30 saves for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games.”He was money tonight,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said about Jones. ”I think the story of the game was that Jonesey was big at the right times and we capitalized on some of the mistakes they made.”Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was not happy with his team’s performance.”I didn’t think we played well,” Yeo said. ”Desperation time was a while ago. This is where pride has to come in. We have to make sure we stop the bleeding and we have to start building confidence in the game that we’re playing.”We can’t accept the fact that we’re playing good and not winning hockey games. We need points. We need wins and we need to start doing it now.”After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in the second.San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Couture knocked in a loose puck at 6:35. Boedker fired in a shot from the point that goalie Carter Hutton blocked but couldn’t corral. Couture was on the spot and scored his 24th of the season.”It’s been a good year so far offensively,” Couture said. ”I think I’ve capitalized on the chances I’ve had. Tonight was a nice one to get the puck on my stick and have a wide-open net. Hopefully I can continue it.”St. Louis answered at 8:23 when Barbashev scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Jones’ arm.Donskoi beat Hutton on a wrist shot from the left circle at 12:05. Couture assisted on Donskoi’s first goal in 17 games.Boedker gave San Jose a 3-1 lead at 15:54 when he scored from the left side of the net.”It was just a matter of putting it home,” he said.Tarasenko cut the margin to 3-2 on a power play when he fired in the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn at 19:36 for his 24th of the season. Tarasenko has 10 points in his last nine games (four goals, six assists) against the Sharks.Despite the late goal, it was not a good period for the Blues.”They were just better than us in the second period Adidas Brandon Manning Jersey ,” Yeo said. ”We were sloppy. I thought we were drifting all over the place.”San Jose’s Brent Burns prevented a goal with less than five minutes left. During a scramble in front of the net, the puck hit the post and was sliding along the goal line when Burns knocked it out.”You work for your own luck,” Yeo said. ”You earn your luck. We just dug ourselves too big a hole against a good defensive team.”This was the first meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The Blues swept the three-game season series last year, outscoring the Sharks 11-3 overall, and had won four straight against the Sharks.Hutton made his second start in the last five games and stopped 20 shots. Previously against the Sharks, he was 4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, a .968 save percentage and two shutouts in five career starts.”I think the time for moral victories has come and gone,” Hutton said. ”We’ve got to win hockey games and get points.”Blues defenseman Colton Parayko agreed.”We’ve got 21 games left and there’s a lot of points left out there on the board,” Parayko said. ”We have a group that can win and we’re looking forward to the stretch.”NOTES: The Sharks acquired C Eric Fehr from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. … Blues C Vladimir Sobotka was out of the lineup with an illness. It was the first game he has missed this season. … The Blues have recalled forward Sammy Blais from the AHL for the fourth time this season. Blais, who leads the San Antonio Rampage with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), last played for St. Louis on Dec. 16, when he got hurt against Winnipeg. … San Jose forward Tomas Hertl missed another game with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTSharks: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday.Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.— LAS VEGAS (AP) Nate Schmidt spent the previous four seasons playing for the Washington Capitals, and he personally experienced the heartbreak of their recent playoff disappointments. The defenseman understands why many people thought this talented Adidas Cam Ward Jersey , experienced team might never win a championship.Schmidt and his many good friends with the Caps are finally in the Stanley Cup Final this week. Only they’re on opposite benches after the Vegas Golden Knights grabbed Schmidt in the expansion draft and wouldn’t give him back.Schmidt was Washington’s sixth defenseman last season, but he now leads the Golden Knights in ice time. The improbable matchup in Monday night’s series opener puts a bewildered grin on Schmidt’s face.”Yeah, I don’t think you could have written this up any better for me,” he said Sunday.Both of his franchises are in the midst of banner years, and Schmidt won’t argue with the idea that he deserves a small part of the credit.Or maybe the blame.”I really enjoyed my time in Washington,” Schmidt said. ”I thought that team was special, and we still had a good chance to go and do something, and here they are, proving it.”Schmidt stops himself as another grin invades his serious interview session.”I must have been the reason why!” he said. ”I must have been the problem.”Not likely. Schmidt’s irrepressible personality and two-way acumen have made him one of the Golden Knights’ most valuable players during their improbable inaugural season.He surpassed his previous career highs with five goals and 31 assists while doing steady work on the back end. Given extensive responsibilities in Vegas after playing a smaller role in Washington, Schmidt has taken a major step forward.”The perception of your game could be remodeled and redone, and I think that’s the coolest part of what we’ve been able to do here in Vegas,” Schmidt said. ”You have guys that have been able to revamp their image or revamp their style, and for other guys to grow into the players that people may not have thought they could be.”Schmidt might have had this success in Washington if he had stuck around. He had begun to assert himself in a pairing with John Carlson, the Caps’ No. 1 defenseman.”We were playing together last season Adidas Matt Calvert Jersey , and that’s probably how it would have started out again this season,” said Carlson, who led all NHL blueliners this season with 68 points. ”So there’s a little disappointment from that, but obviously he’s done really well for himself. That’s no surprise. I wish him all the best, but not for these next two weeks.”Schmidt has been particularly effective in the playoffs. Partnered with former Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb in the Knights’ top pairing, Schmidt has provided energy, timely scoring and strong back-end play while Vegas roared past Los Angeles, San Jose and Winnipeg with just three losses.Schmidt knows more about the Caps than his teammates, so he realizes the enormity of their task. He’ll lead the Golden Knights’ efforts to minimize Alex Ovechkin’s time and space with the puck.”He’s a beast,” Schmidt said. ”I played against him in practice for a long time, so hopefully I know a few tendencies of his. But in reality, he’s a player that can shoot the puck from anywhere.”Schmidt’s unusual perspective on this series is matched only by Vegas general manager George McPhee. Before the Caps fired him in 2014, McPhee acquired many of the players on Washington’s roster – including Schmidt, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota Adidas Conor Timmins Jersey , in 2013.McPhee acquired him again last summer for Vegas, but Washington general manager Brian MacLellan tried hard to keep him with a post-draft trade. If anybody could have made a deal, it’s these two men, who have known each other for 44 years since their bantam playing days in Guelph, Ontario, followed by college careers at Bowling Green and several years together in Washington’s front office.Not even a childhood friendship could keep Schmidt away from his new destiny in Vegas.”We made our selection, and then he called and asked if there’s any way we could do a deal for him to get Schmidt back,” McPhee recalled. ”And I said, `I don’t see anything, but we’ll try to come up with something to give you a chance to say no.’ We made a proposal that I didn’t think would work, and it didn’t work. Our guys liked Schmidt.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals

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