Goaltender Brian Elliott #1 of the St Louis Blues blocks the backhand shot of Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks in the second period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 16, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The Sharks’ biggest problem during the regular season has carried over into their first round series against St. Louis.
The Blues scored three times on the power play and Brian Elliott made 26 saves, to give the Blues a 4-3 win and a two-games-to-one series lead over San Jose at HP Pavilion on Monday night.
St. Louis scored the only two goals of the second period to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
After a careless icing by Brent Burns, when the defenseman had plenty of time to make a wiser decision with the puck in his own zone, Patrik Berglund won the ensuing offensive zone draw for St. Louis. Carlo Colaiacovo’s low shot rattled around in front of Antti Niemi and squirted to Andy McDonald, who was all alone to tip the loose puck into the empty net at 1:01.