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Brandon Saad and St. Louis Blues beat San Jose Sharks

The San Jose – although there are a handful of freshmen in the lineup – some perhaps more ready for a full-time job in the NHL than others – the Sharks have managed a pair of unlikely home wins in recent days.

On Thursday, however, some of that inexperience seemed to haunt them.

The Sharks, with eight emerging NHL players in the lineup, looked disorganized in their area at times, struggled with puck possession in others, and didn’t get the impressive goal they used to in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis Blues at the Saab Center.

The Sharks allowed second-half power doubles goals for Pavel Bukhnevich, Brandon Saad and James Neal to slip 4-3 after two periods. San Jose couldn’t meet enough challenge in the third inning as their record dropped to 2-2-0 on their five-game home run that ends on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Saad fired a long-range shot past shark goalkeeper Adin Hill in the 8:09 minute of the second half to equalize the match 3-3, leaving Neil alone in front of the sharks netting his own net after only 3:33. . Neal got the time up front and beat Hill with a forehand to backhand to give the Blues the lead.

Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Nick Merkley each scored goals and Hill finished with 23 saves. Hill is now winless in his last three games.

The Sharks (6-4-0) have been cut short from an experience standpoint since Saturday afternoon when seven players and coach Bob Bogner were relegated to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Andrew Cogliano and Jonathan Dahlin have since returned to the team, but they have been replaced on the roster by Timo Meyer and Kevin Labank.

No Sharks players have been added or subtracted from the NHL’s COVID-19 roster over the past two days, but equipment manager Mike Aldrich has joined the list of team members who are now on the league’s coronavirus protocol.

Aldrich joins coach Boughner and head coach Ray Tufts as non-playing members of the squad who are in isolation from the club. Players still on the COVID list are Labanc, Mayer, Matt Nieto, Eric Carlson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simic and Mark Eduard Vlasic.

John McClain, assistant shark trainer, said he wasn’t sure when some of the individuals in the protocol would be able to return, saying, “Frankly, we have different opinions on their test negative or how many tests they need. I think it’s just day in and day out. “.

If no player in protocol can get back into the squad by Saturday’s game against New Jersey, there is some optimism within the organization that they could be back in the squad sometime near the start of their wild ride next week. The Sharks play in Calgary on Tuesday and in Winnipeg on Thursday.

“That’s the hope,” McClain said.

With Karlson, Vlasic, Simic and Middleton all unavailable, and Santeri Hatake injured, the Sharks once again wore three rookie defenders – Ryan Merkley, Nicholas Milos and Artemy Knyazev, who made their National Hockey League debut.

Sharks led 2-1 after the first half on special teams goals by Burns and Couture.

With the Sharks in a powerful 5-on-3 game, Burns scored his first goal of the season at the 7:13 mark, picking up a pass from Thomas Hertel and one-time past blues goalkeeper Joel Hoover with a 1-0 lead for the Sharks.

The blues regained this 2:47 goal, as little sharks got caught trying to play power. Tyler Bozak created a spin at the Sharks’ blue line and went 2-1 with Saad, feeding him an excellent pass that Saad fired past Hill for the second time of the season.

Then Couture presented the play of the first period.