Sharks use big first period to beat Blues

12:51 a.m. EST February 23, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A big hit sidelined San Jose’s Matt Tennyson and fired up the Sharks.

Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton each scored two goals, powering San Jose to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Thornton also had two assists as San Jose improved to 21-9-2 on the road, matching their total road wins from last season. At home, the Sharks are just 11-12-3.

Tennyson got hurt in the first period. Blues forward Ryan Reaves rammed the defenseman into the glass behind the San Jose goal and smashed his face into the divider. Tennyson dropped flat on his back at 8:37, and Reaves received a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct penalty.

San Jose turned the sequence into two power-play goals.

“I think that’s the ultimate retribution for a hit like that is to score two or three power-play goals and that decision basically cost them the game,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think Matt’s OK. He’s not…

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