With added motivation after an illegal hit from behind sent defenseman Dan Boyle to the hospital the Sharks hammered the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night to keep their record perfect while knocking St. Louis from the unbeaten ranks.

Boyle had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher after the hit by Blues forward Maxim Lapierre drove the veteran face-first into the top edge of the boards at 5:32 of the first period.

The 37-year-old defenseman was able to move his right arm as he left the ice prone. A team spokesman later added that Boyle was alert and had movement in all his arms and legs at the hospital where he was being evaluated.

Lapierre who was immediately targeted by Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins and left the ice bloodied was given five-minute majors for checking from behind and fighting as well as a game misconduct. A second fight broke out between Shark forward Matt Pelech and Blues forward Ryan Reaves with both players getting game misconducts for starting one fight while another was in progress.

San Jose had a 2-0 lead within the next five minutes as Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored power play goals accompanied by fist pumps that seemed to have a little more oomph than usual.

Even strength goals in the third period by Tommy Wingels and Scott Hannan all but put the game out of reach and in a television interview between periods Sharks Coach Todd McLellan linked his team's performance to the hit on Boyle.

"Our power play is a form of toughness. It came back and scored two goals" McLellan said. "We really want to finish the night for Boyler." The Blues replaced starting goalie Jaroslav Halak with Brian Elliott to start the third period with Joe Thornton scoring his first goal of the season to make it 5-0 at 5:06.