SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 15: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues fights for control of the puck with Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game at HP Pavilion at San Jose on October 15, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Blues won the game 4-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sharks Vs. Blues: Sharks Lose 4-2 In Third Period

The San Jose Sharks tried to hold on for a win, but were unable to overcome three third-period goals by the St. Louis Blues. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin, SB Nation's San Jose Sharks blog.

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Sharks Vs. Blues: Sharks Lose 4-2 In Third Period

The San Jose Sharks weren't able to hold on to a 2-1 lead, as the St. Louis Blues managed to score three goals in the third period against goalie Thomas Greiss en route to a 4-2 win.

The Blues took far fewer shots on goal than San Jose, but made the most of their opportunities. Their three goals were part of only eight shots on goal in the third period, and only 20 shots on goal overall. St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott picked up the win while blocking 34 of 36 shots. By contrast, Greiss saved just 16 of 20 chances.

The season has only just gotten underway, so it's far too early for San Jose to start getting nervous about Greiss. This game was much more about St. Louis taking advantage of every opportunity they had, and the Sharks failing to capitalize when on offense. Brent Burns and Michal Handzus picked up San Jose's goals.

You can discuss the game in infinitesimal detail over at Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Vs. Ducks: Anaheim Shuts Out San Jose 1-0

The San Jose Sharks struggled in Anaheim Friday night as Ducks' goaltender Jonas Hiller recorded his 12th career shutout, and the Ducks prevailed 1-0. Hiller bounced back from a strange case of vertigo last season that affected his depth perception and robbed him of the 2nd half of the season, but was back in good form as he made 31 saves and Maxime Macenauer scored his first NHL goal in the Ducks' home opener. Anaheim goes to 2-1-0 and San Jose fell to 1-1-0. 

The Ducks killed four San Jose penalties, including the Sharks best chance late in the third period with a 6-on-5 skating advantage in the final minute after they pulled goaltender Thomas Greiss

Greiss, subbing for injured Sharks goaltenders Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki, did his part Friday night, only making one mistake 14 minutes in to Macenauer, a 22-year old fourth-line center for the Ducks, playing in just his third NHL game. 

The Sharks host the St. Louis Blues Saturday. The Blues (1-2-0), lost to the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday. 

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Sharks vs. Ducks NHL Preview: Antti Niemi Makes Trip To Anaheim, Patrick Marleau Expected To Play

The San Jose Sharks are 1-0 on the season and are heading to Anaheim to take on the rival Ducks, who sit at 1-1. San Jose has players nursing injuries, while Anaheim is focusing on getting their players in the right frame of mind after playing their first two games in Europe. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin, SB Nation's San Jose Sharks blog.

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