The San Jose Sharks have owned St. Louis this year. Their three-game season series looks less like a collection of hockey finals and more like a straight-sets tennis victory in the making: 6-2, 6-3, 4-2.
And as it turns out, San Jose's dominance over St. Louis extends to the man of the same name. On Saturday, the Sharks registered a win versus the Tampa Bay Lightning by outscoring Martin St. Louis 5 to 4.
That's right. The Lightning superstar had a four-goal game Saturday, the first since Tampa Bay's inaugural game in 1992, when Chris Kontos dropped four on the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Lightning still lost.
The goals were scored in just over 22 minutes, with St. Louis registering the hat trick in the first period, then adding his fourth on a powerplay at 2:07 of the second. Watch and marvel at this dude's skill:
But incredibly, it wasn't enough. Somehow, St. Louis' 4 goals were overshadowed by Joe Pavelski's 3 goals, all of which came immediately after Marty went off, the last of which was the game-winner.
That's a real kick in the teeth.
With that, St. Louis achieved the dubious distinction of being the first player to score 4 goals in a regular-season loss since Marc Savard in 2000. Then with the Flames, Savard scored 4 goals versus the St. Louis Blues, only to see the Blues win the game 6-5.
You've got to feel for St. Louis, who produces like crazy and has remarkably little to show for it of late. He was snubbed from the Canadian Olympic team despite being the reigning Art Ross trophy winner, not to mention the third-most productive Canadian in the NHL between 2011 and now. Only Claude Giroux and John Tavares have more than St. Louis' 179 points over that span.
And now, a four-goal game, something only Tomas Hertl, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Ovechkin have accomplished this season, isn't enough for a win over the San Jose Sharks. Poor Marty.
Although, if it makes you feel any better, Marty, you're probably not the only one who's frustrated today. That makes twice this season Joe Thornton has had to watch as somebody else scored four goals instead of him. We all know what this means to him.