Originally created 11/28/98

Sharks devour Blues



ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Norton scored a power-play goal with 8:56 remaining as the San Jose Sharks won their first road game by beating the St. Louis Blues.

The Sharks, 1-5-3 on the road this year, appeared ready to go down once again after Chris Pronger's goal at 4:47 of the third period gave the Blues a 2-1 lead. But Steve Guolla tied the game 17 seconds after Pronger scored, and Norton scored his first goal on a slap shot from the left circle while Pronger was in the box for interference.

Marco Sturm added an unassisted empty net goal at 18:47 to ice the game.

Friday's loss was the first at Kiel Center for the Blues since they dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Islanders in the home opener Oct. 17.

Pavol Demitra extended his scoring streak to five games with his 11th goal for the Blues. Demitra has five goals and three assists in that span. Al MacInnis picked up an assist on Demitra's goal and now leads all defensemen in scoring with 20 points.

Joe Murphy also scored for San Jose. After going winless in their first eight games, the Sharks are 5-4-3.

After a scoreless second period, Pronger gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he sent a slap shot past San Jose goalie Steve Shields from the left point for his third goal.

Guolla promptly tied the game when he slapped the rebound of Murray Craven's shot past Blues goalie Jamie McLennan.

Murphy, traded by the Blues to San Jose on March 24 for Todd Gill, got the Sharks going 1:47 into the contest. After gaining control of the puck just left of McLennan following a goal-mouth scramble, Murphy slid it home for his fourth goal.

St. Louis tied it on the power play 8:33 later when Demitra banked a shot off San Jose defenseman Mike Rathje as he attempted to center it to Pronger.

Things got ugly later in the period when San Jose's Bryan Marchment knocked the Blues' Scott Pellerin out of the game with a blow to the head as St. Louis broke out of its zone. Pellerin suffered a concussion and did not return.

Marchment received minors for roughing and interference on the play, and Pronger was hit for a double-minor for roughing when he went after Marchment. Referee Kevin MaGuire called 60 more minutes worth of penalties in the final 3:43 of the period, which featured two fights.