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Pavelski scores, Niemi makes 20 saves as Sharks beat Blues 4-2 to sweep 3-game season series

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Pavelski scores, Niemi makes 20 saves as Sharks beat Blues 4-2 to sweep 3-game season series

ST. LOUIS - Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

San Jose completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined 16-7. St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11.

Marty Havlak, Brent Burns and Matt Irwin added goals for the Sharks, who led 3-0 after 22 minutes. Niemi improved to 18-6-6.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for the Blues.

The Sharks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Pavelski and Irwin in a span of 2:56. Both came from close range on rebounds of missed shots that deflected off the end boards.

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You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

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