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Blues bounce back
Sillinger’s hat trick cuts St. Louis’ deficit to 2-1
4/12/04 - by John Cook

Patrick Marleau asked the Blues if they could top his performance in Game 2. One Blue stepped forward and decided that it was the right time to have his best game as a pro. Mike Sillinger's three goals, coupled with solid defense, lead the Blues to a 4-1 win Monday night in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the San Jose Sharks.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 1 1
STL 0 2 2 4
1st period - NONE
2nd period - STL, M. SILLINGER (1) (D. DRAKE), 09:56 STL, D. DRAKE (1) (E. WEINRICH, P. CAJANEK), 17:24
3rd period - S.J, J. CHEECHOO (1) (S. THORNTON, M. RATHJE), 05:36 STL, M. SILLINGER (2) (K. TKACHUK, C. BACKMAN), 07:51 STL, M. SILLINGER (3) (C. OSGOOD), 19:13
1st period - S.J, J. CHEECHOO, 07:24 - Hi stick STL, P. DEMITRA, 17:47 - Holding stick S.J, W. PRIMEAU, 19:53 - Interference - Goaltender
2nd period - STL, M. SILLINGER, 07:49 - Elbowing
3rd period - STL, C. BACKMAN, 02:13 - Hooking - Obstruction S.J, S. THORNTON, 12:50 - Interference - Goaltender STL, M. RYCROFT, 18:12 - Charging S.J, J. MARSHALL, 20:00 - Cross check
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 28 25
STL - Osgood 20 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 3 12 20
STL 11 14 4 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
STL 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Mike Sillinger
Dallas Drake
Bryce Salvador
With their back against the wall and facing a possible three games to none deficit, the Blues were looking for answers to solve a tough Sharks team, which had only surrendered one goal through two games. It seemed to be going the same way until midway through the second period, when Sillinger picked up a lose puck out of the penalty box and broke in alone on Evgeni Nabokov, beating the goalie five-hole to break a scoreless tie.

Sillinger, who has played for ten different clubs in his career, had never scored more than two goals in a game. Before Monday night, Sillinger had just five goals in 30 career playoff games.

St. Louis padded their lead late in the second, when a shot from the point by Eric Weinrich was deflected in front of Nabokov by Dallas Drake for a 2-0 Blues lead, heading into the second intermission.

San Jose finally tallied in the early part of the third period when Jonathan Cheechoo scored his first career playoff goal. The goal was disputed, as the goal judge never turned the goal light on. After a video review, it was found that the puck did indeed get up under the crossbar to trim the Blues lead to 2-1.

Minutes later, Sillinger struck again. Streaking down the right side, Drake flipped a pass to the veteran forward, who beat the Sharks defense, then Nabokov under the arm for a two goal lead.

Trailing 3-1 late in the third, the Sharks had a chance to make it interesting after Mark Rycroft was called for charging. Coach Ron Wilson decided to pull Nabokov for a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Sharks could generate nothing. After a save off a scramble in front, the puck squirted lose to Sillinger, who capped off his big night with a 175-foot empty net goal, sending the sellout crowd at Savvis Center intodelirium.

The pivotal Game 4 is slated for Tuesday night, where the winner will take a huge momentum swing back to San Jose for Game 5 on Thursday night.

"My little boys told me they wanted me to score a hat trick and my wife laughed. She goes, 'If he ever gets a hat trick we'll fill the house with balloons. We'll be filling the house with balloons when I get back and see them in Phoenix, and hopefully it won't be for a while." - Mike Sillinger

"It was kind of funny to read that the series was over. We won two home games and now they've come back. Now they'll have something to think about tonight and come better prepared tomorrow." - Ron Wilson

"They've been working pretty hard and you have to give them credit. They got two breaks but they deserved those breaks.'' - Evgeni Nabokov

Mike Sillinger scored the first hat trick of his 14-year NHL career.

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