Sharks bash Blues as plot thickens in Pacific Division

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On a day when the San Jose Sharks made a statement trade, they spoke even louder on the ice.

With this win, the Sharks continue to argue that the Anaheim Ducks aren’t the only reason why the Pacific Division seeding races are heating up.

Months ago, it seemed like the Los Angeles Kings would run away with the top spot, yet their hated California rivals continue to heat things up.

The Ducks are closer in trailing the Kings by just two points for first place, but the Sharks remaining only three behind Los Angeles and two behind Anaheim after an impressive 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues.

Brent Burns was upstaged by burly-bearded-brethren Joe Thornton, who came through with a jumbo night: two goals and two assists. Even Thornton’s empty-net goal was especially impressive.

Tomas Hertl was almost as big a part of the win, scoring the opening game’s two goals, helping San Jose make the Blues pay for Ryan Reaves‘ boarding hit on Matt Tennyson (which produced these scary results).

While the Sharks ferociously fight for Pacific positioning, the Blues have suffered a brutal few days.

Alexander Steen‘s out for possibly the remainder of the regular season, and that wasn’t the end of their health woes, as Brian Elliott didn’t return to the game after suffering a lower-body injury.