In Game Analysis
Ken Hitchcock doing his best to counter San Jose who's loaded up their top line with Thornton, Pavelski, and Couture.
Right off the bat Backes jumps off ice. Berglund joins Perron and Oshie.
Backes played most of the period with Steen and McDonald.
Beautful feed from Jackman to Mcdonald who was open at the right post. Niemi slides over to make save. McDonald couldn't get shot off as quick as he would have liked.
Couture gets behind Blues Defense. Elliot makes save with left pad.
Great stick by Polak, denying blue line as Thornton tried to chip puck in.
Perron hunts down puck...enters zone and freezes D-man. Finds Berglund behind net who shows nice vision in spotting Crombeen who wrists it past Niemi.
Blues lead 1-0.
Backes taking face offs on right side, McDonald on left side.
Elliott sharp once again. This time on Havlat warap around attempt.
Jackman and Winchester battle in front..Shattenkirk called for hold.
Hitchcock again gets Backes, Steen, McDonald out against Thornton right after face off. Nichol, Crombeen, and Langenbrunner head off.
Pietrangelo and Colaiacovo jump on against Thornton.
Winnick walks Jackman. Elliott answers.
Berglund wins big face-off late in period against Pavelski.
berglund back with Steen and McDonald
Russell blcoks Pavelski shot
Blues Icing...Backes tired but wins draw
Nichol heads off...hooks Braun
Thornton cross ice pass to Marleau who wasn't ready...would have been a tap in
Thornton another nice pass, this time to Pavelski who's denied by Elliott. No rebound.
Marleau enters zone with speed...Elliott another save, again no second chance opportunity.
Havlat shot deflected over net.
Winnick gets stick in on Steen...heads off. Blues on PP
Arnott great keep in
Steen seam pass to hard for McDonald
Blues set up Arnott three times for one time shot. Third shot rings off pipe.
Crombeen continues strong play...blocks Colin White shot
Polak gloves puck out of zone...Sharks go on PP
Couture tries to do too much...loses puck.
Havlat slash on Backes ends San Jose PP with 37 seconds left in Polak minor
Blues use Colaiacovo and Pietrangelo on PP after 37 seconds of 4-4 play
Once again Shattenkirk and Jackman off after face-off...Perto and Colaiacovo hop over boards to face Thornton.
Sobotka, arnott Stewart leave the ice as well
Thornton robbed at doorstep
Jackman gets stick up high on pavelski after whistle...no call.
Sobotka stays on ice to take draw...wins it
Another block for Russell...this time on Murray
Strong forecheck by Nichol and Langenbrunner sets up chance for Crombeen.
Blues creating turnovers off of neutral zone forecheck as well. This time by Sobotka
Stewart working hard...two two-on-one breaks...Niemi save...just moments after Stewart runs Murray.
Pietrangelo having best game of series. Greta patience, under control.
Boyle steps around McDonald...can't get shot off. Period end with some serious stick swinging. McDonald leaves ice jawing with Thornton.
Face offs after two
Backes 56% ...was 715 after one
shots and hits nearly even...blues allowing San Jose to hang around.
Sharks controlling period...Hitchcock takes timeout
Havlat had two on one with Polak caught up ice.
Havlat again with a shot..had Marleau open in front
Thornton denied again on doorstep
Berglund fights thru Burns check, get to front of net. Niemi with the stop.
Pietrangelo picnches..smart play by Backes who covers up high.D to D Colaiacovo shot deflected by Oshie just misses wide.
McDonald streaking down left side...Niemi pad save
Great pressure by San Jose...Boyle shoots wide.
Jackman heds off for rough
Marleau penalty negates san Jose penalty
McDonald goal...again gets to blue area. Perron pass deflected by Berglund lands behind Niemi, McDonald slams puck into empty net.
san Jose pulls Niemi with 2:00 left...
San Jose dump in leads to huge Elliott rebound.
Thornton scores first goal of playoffs.
McDonald and Langenbrunner allow seconds to tick off of clock with presure in offensive zone.
Burns can't hold in
Backes holds onto puck...time expires.
Blues 2 Sharks 1
Blues lead best of seven series 3-1
Goal judge sitting next to me leaves disgusted
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