Brent Burns got the puck into the gates in the first period on a tough play with a shot from behind the left circle to put the Sharks up 1-0. Saad scored against Adin Hill in the Sharks net to even the score.
Couture scored a point late in the period to give the Sharks the 2-1 lead after one.
The game kept to be back-and-forth, starting with with Buchnevich’s goal at 4:20. Merkley’s redirect only moments later put the Sharks back to lead, only to be evened again by Saad less than 4 minutes later. Neal’s goal at 11:42 gave St.Louis the lead again, and ultimately the winning goal.
Robert Thomas scored the final goal at 19:00 of the last period, earning Hofer an assist in the goal to boot.
St. Louis new blood
The Canadian (21 years 97 days) saved 23 shots out of 26 at his goal. An assist was also recorded for him. He became the youngest goalkeeper in Blues history to win a league debut, surpassing Michel Plasse (1972, 22 years 302 days). St. Louis picked Hofer 107th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. In 2020, he became the winner of the MFM as part of the Canadian national team and was recognized as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.