NHL: San Jose 6, St. Louis 2

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton supplied a goal and three assists Tuesday and the San Jose Sharks cruised to a sixth straight win in a brawl-filled 6-2 rout of St. Louis.

The Sharks center helped set up San Jose's first goal by Logan Couture 9:37 into the game and Joe Pavelski's first tally of the season just 48 seconds later doubled the advantage.


The two early goals came shortly after the teams had engaged in a nasty brawl, triggered when Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was slammed into the boards from behind by the Blues' Maxim Lapierre.

Boyle was carried from the ice on a stretcher.

"Dan was alert and moving his extremities and has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation," the team said in a statement.

Patrick Marleau notched a goal and two assists while Scott Hannan and Tommy Wingels also scored for San Jose, which improved to 6-0-0 on the season.

Antti Niemi stopped 25-of-27 shot in the victory.


Jaroslav Halak started in net for the Blues but was pulled after allowing four goals on 26 shots over two periods. Brian Elliott entered and stopped 11-of-13 the rest of the way.

Roman Polak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for St. Louis, which absorbed its first loss after four straight wins to start the season.

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