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Recap: WCQF Game 2 - Sharks 0 @ Blues 3 - April 14, 2012

Sharks and Blues Series is Tied at 1-1

Saturday, 04.14.2012 / 8:51 PM PT / News
By Jonathan Okanes  - Staff Writer
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Recap: WCQF Game 2 - Sharks 0 @ Blues 3 - April 14, 2012
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St. Louis, Missouri
- A strange beginning turned into a disappointing end for the Sharks on Saturday night, but San Jose still returned to the Bay Area with home-ice advantage after a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Despite allowing an early fluke goal when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic inadvertently poked a rebound into his own goal, San Jose outplayed St. Louis in the first period but couldn’t capitalize on the scoreboard. The Blues then dominated the second period, scored a much-needed second goal and then held off the Sharks in a testy third period that ended with a series of skirmishes after the final horn sounded.

Game 3 is Monday night at HP Pavilion, with the series tied 1-1.

The Blues found themselves up 1-0 just 1:31 into the game after Vlasic accidentally poked the puck into his own net off a rebound by goaltender Antti Niemi. Vladimir Sobotka was credited with the goal after his shot from the left circle caromed off Niemi and floated in the crease momentarily. Vlasic quickly attempted to clear the puck but it accidentally landed in the back of the net.
That was the beginning of a weird opening sequence. After an icing call at 5:13, played was delayed for several minutes while workers at the Scottrade Center replaced a portion of the Blues bench that was apparently broken.

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The Sharks failed to capitalize on a power play a couple minutes later after the Blues’ Carlo Colaiacovo was called for cross-checking Tommy Wingels, but San Jose stepped up its pressure at full strength. A series of strong shifts culminated in a terrific scoring chance for Joe Pavelski, but his shot caromed off the crossbar.
St. Louis was forced to switch goaltenders at 1:07 of the second period when Blues defenseman Barret Jackman knocked over Jaroslav Halak sprinting back toward his goal to attempt to break up a 2-on-1 San Jose rush. The Sharks Logan Couture fed Martin Havlat for a shot and Halak made the save, but Jackman immediately bowled his goaltender over.

After being attended to by Blues trainers, Halak tried to make a case to stay in the game but St. Louis replaced him with Brian Elliott, coming off an upper-body injury as well.

The Blues had a monopoly on the puck in the second, a period that seemed to feature an endless string of faceoffs in the Sharks defensive zone. Sobotka came close to registering his second goal of the game but hit the post with a shot. St. Louis had a handful of other high-percentage chances, including another shot that hit the post, before finally making it 2-0 on a goal generated by its top line. T.J. Oshie did most of the work, stickhandling his way through three Sharks before feeding David Backes for a wide-open shot at 13:49.

That was the first goal by either team’s No. 1 line in the series, although the Sharks top line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Pavelski generated a good share of scoring opportunities itself.

San Jose came very close to cutting the deficit in half right before the end of the second period on a power play opportunity but Elliott just managed to get his skate on a wraparound attempt by Couture at 19:03. That power play carried over into the third period, including 15 seconds of 5-on-3, but the Sharks couldn’t capitalize.

San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play while St. Louis went 1-for-6, with the Blues score coming on a 5-on-3 at 19:35 of the third.

The third period was played pretty evenly, with both teams generating some good scoring chances. It also got physical, with several scrums breaking out after stoppages and several fights taking place after the game was over. There were four roughing penalties in each of the second and third periods. Pavelski and  Blues Kris Russell also fought in the second period and each served a five-minute major.

The Blues outshot the Sharks 32-29 and won 36 of 65 faceoffs (55 percent). Thornton led the Sharks with five shots on goal.

LINES:

San Jose

Marleau – Thornton - Pavelski
Clowe – Couture - Havlat
Mitchell - Moore - Galiardi
Winnik – Desjardins - Wingels

Vlasic - Boyle
Murray - Burns
Braun - Demers

Niemi

St. Louis

Perron – Backes – Oshie
Steen – Berglund – McDonald
Sobotka – Arnott – Langenbrunner
D’Agostini – Nichol – Crombeen

Colaiacovo – Pietrangelo
Russell – Polak
Jackman – Shattenkirk

Halak
Elliott

SERIES SCHEDULE:

Thur., April 12 GAME 1 @ St. Louis 4:30pm - Sharks win 3-2 in 2nd OT
Sat., April 14 GAME 2 @ St. Louis 4:30pm -  Blues win 3-0
Mon., April 16 GAME 3 @ San Jose 7pm
Thur., April 19 GAME 4 @ San Jose 7:30pm
*Sat., April 21 GAME 5 @ St. Louis 4:30pm
*Mon., April 23 GAME 6 @ San Jose TBD
*Wed., April 26 GAME 7 @ St. Louis TBD
*if necessary

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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