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Sharks hand Blues Game 2
Vlasic scores for St Louis, all downhill from there
4/14/12 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks will tell you that they're happy that they leave St Louis with a slit through the first two games of their Western Conference Quarter Finals matchup with the Blues, but in reality, they would have much preferred a two game lead as the series heads back to San Jose. After coming out firing in Game 2 on Saturday night, something happened to the Sharks game and the Blues took advantage. The Blues scored lone goals in each of the three periods and leaned on both of their goaltenders to shutout San Jose 3-0 at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues took advantage of a Sharks gaff in the opening period and never looked back. The game was marred with a series of ugly incidents, including a brawl at the end of the game that resulted in 88 penalty minutes. Referees Marc Joanette and Brian Pachmara allowed the game to escalate into a side show.

The games started ominously for the Sharks who surrendered an own goal just 1:31 in. Vladimir Sobotka fired a shot on goal that Antti Niemi stoped, but couldn't control. The puck slipped to Niemi's left, sitting perched in the crease. Marc-Edouard Vlasic tried sweeping the puck away, but instead he pushed into his own net for the early 1-0 Blues lead.

The Sharks brushed off the goal and regrouped to out shoot the Blues 10-9 in the period. 4 of the 9 shots the Blues generated came on a hooking penalty to Torrey Mitchell.

Joe Pavelski just missed evening things up, when his shot rang off the crossbar late in the period.

Jaroslav Halak was forced to leave the game early in the 2nd period after Barrett Jackman ran into him while trying to defend a Sharks rush. Halak apparently suffered a knee injury and was replaced by backup Brian Elliott.

The Blues took advantage of some suspect defense by the Sharks 13:49 into the 2nd period. T.J. Oshie evaded three hits on his way to the goal before sliding a pass to David Backes for a one timer into a wide open net. Shars defenseman Jason Demers took himself completely out of play by going for the home run it that missed along the right wing boards. Oshie then slipped a check by Marleau and side stepped Pavelski before dishing to Backes.

Brent Burns took a brainless roughing penalty after trying to throw an elbow with 5 minutes and change left in the period. The penalty killed any chance for San Jose to try and cut into the Blues lead before the 2nd intermission.

A slashing penalty to Alex Steen put the Sharks on the power play with 75 seconds remaining in the period but Elliot preserved the Blues 2 goal lead heading into the break.

Scott Nichol flipped the puck over the glass to put the Sharks on a brief 2-man advantage 31 seconds into the 3rd period, but the Sharks could do nothing with the power play.

Galiardi leveled Andy McDonald midway through the period, with what appeared to be a legitimate check, but he was called for charging on the play. Two Blues players pounced on Galiardi, unloading haymakers, but no retaliation penalties were called. It was a curious sequence of officiating by Marc Joannette.

With the clock winding down and it becoming clear that the Blues had the game locked up, all hell broke loose. First Brent Burns was sent off for roughing after a scrum in front of the Sharks goal. Steen tried to take a cheap shot at Dan Boyle with an elbow, and the Sharks defenseman went ballistic. Not surprisingly, Joannette and Pochmara dished out a double minor to Boyle.

McDonald scored a meaningless goal on the ensuing 5-on-3 with 25 seconds left.

Barret Jackman laid a bush league hit in the corner as the final horn sounded and the Sharks pounced on him. Jackman's gutless move was made even more amusing by the fact that his team was skating with the an advantage. Easy to take liberties when you outnumber the opposition. Ever player with a stick minus the goaltenders dropped the gloves in a series of fights. Justin Braun, Douglas Murray, Roman Polak and Jackman all received game misconducts for their participation in the melee.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellen was incensed after the game, indicating that Dominic Moore sustained a broken nose after taking a "sucker punch" from Sobotka.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
STL 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, STL, Sobotka 1 (unassisted), 1:31.
2nd period - Backes, STL (1 (Oshie), 13:49.
3rd period - 3, STL, McDonald 1 (Oshie, Pietrangelo), 19:35, (pp).
1st period - Colaiacovo, STL (cross checking), 7:48; Mitchell, SJ (hooking), 16:52; Vlasic, SJ (slashing), 18:59; Backes, STL (cross checking), 18:59.
2nd period - Pavelski, SJ (fighting major), 7:52; Marleau, SJ (roughing), 7:52; Russell, STL (fighting major), 7:52; Crombeen, STL (roughing), 7:52; Burns, SJ (roughing), 14:36; Steen, STL (slashing), 18:45.
3rd period - Nichol, STL (delay of game - puck over glass), 0:31; Galiardi, SJ (slashing), 4:36; Galiardi, SJ (charging), 9:53; Lagenbrunner, STL (holding), 12:28; Mitchell, SJ (holding), 17:44; Burns, SJ (roughing), 18:36; Backes, STL (roughing), 18:36; Boyle, SJ (roughing), 19:12; Boyle, SJ (roughing), 19:12; Moore, SJ (fighintg major), 20:00; Braun, SJ (fighintg major), 20:00; Braun, SJ (game misconduct), 20:00; Murray, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Murray, SJ (fighintg major), 20:00; Murray, SJ (game misconduct), 20:00; Winnik, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Sobotka, STL (fighting major), 20:00; Sobotka, STL (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Crombeen, STL (cross checking), 20:00; Polak, STL (fighting major), 20:00; Polak, STL (game misconduct), 20:00; Jackman, STL (fighting major), 20:00; Jackman, STL (game misconduct), 20:00; Lagenbrunner, STL (roughing), 20:00.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 32 29
STL - Halak 12 12
STL - Elliot 17 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 9 29
STL 9 17 6 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
STL 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
TJ Oshie
Brian Elliott
Jaroslav Halak
Referees: Joannette, Pochmara. Linesmen: Morin, Nansen.
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