Sharks respond after cheap shot by Blues


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 its 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.

The Sharks 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 great obviously. He’s probably concussed and will see what else.

“Those are the kind of hits we’re trying to get rid of so I’m sure the league will deal with it.”

St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said the hit was not intentional by Reaves.

“The game is moving real quick out there. Reaves plays the game hard and on the edge but he’s never been known to be malicious or anything,” Bortuzzo said. “It’s a tough situation for a guy to go down.”

Hertl had two of San Jose’s three goals in the first. He also scored in the Sharks’ 5-2 loss at Carolina on Friday. Capitals 3, Coyotes 2

In Washington, Mike Richards scored his first goal in more than a year, leading the Capitals to the victory.

Alex Ovechkin put Washington ahead with his league-leading 39th goal of the season and had an assist. Predators 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

In Montreal, Craig Smith had the only goal in the shootout, lifting Nashville to the road win.

Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period for the Predators, who are 3-0-3 in their last six games.

Brendan Gallagher scored his 16th goal for Montreal. Blue Jackets 6, Bruins 4

In Boston, Boone Jenner scored two goals and Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, leading Columbus to the road win.

William Karlsson, Brandon Saad and Dalton Prout also scored for the Blue Jackets.