If the St. Louis Blues thought that fighting could slow down the high-flying San Jose Sharks, they found out last night they were wrong.
Just 5:22 into the first period, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was checked into the boards head-first and suffered an injury -- which resulted in a lot of penalty minutes for both teams: 67 minutes in all for the scrum that followed.
But San Jose scored two goals in the period after that, taking a 2-0 lead they would extend to 5-0 by the third period before settling for a 6-2 victory over the previously-unbeaten Blues. The Sharks are now 6-0 to start the season, for the second year in a row.
Boyle was unconscious after the hit and had to taken from the ice via stretcher, but more importantly than the game or its outcome is the Sharks veteran's current status.
"I'm doing OK, thank you for your concern and support," Boyle told an ESPN reporter today. "Means a lot to me. I've never once taken this game or any of my fans for granted. Hope to be back soon."
Nothing could be better news for San Jose and its fans.
And little was sweeter for the Sharks and their fans than to see the team kick St. Louis' butt for the rest of the game after the big fracas in the first.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored power-play goals after the incident, and in the second period, Tommy Wingels and Scott Hannan each tallied even-strength scores to make it a 4-0 game heading into the final period.
Joe Thornton scored an even-strength goal -- his first of the year -- to make it 5-0, and after the Blues scored twice to maintain some respectability, Patrick Marleau put the capper on the evening with another power-play score.
Antti Niemi made 25 saves on the night to make sure St. Louis didn't mount any comebacks.
Only San Jose and Colorado have perfect 6-0 records currently in the National Hockey League, meaning for the second season in a row, the Sharks are off to one of the best starts in the league.
Last year, San Jose started 7-0, as did the Chicago Blackhawks.
Next game for the Sharks takes place Thursday night, in Dallas against the Stars. Game time is 5:30 p.m. PT.