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Jones puts bad night in Game 4 behind him

Sharks goaltender allows four goals on 19 shots to Blues before being lifted for first time in playoffs

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones came into Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center on Saturday with back-to-back shutouts.

He extended his shutout streak to 153:47 before Blues forward Troy Brouwer scored on the power play at 6:14 and allowed three more goals before being pulled for James Reimer at 10:11 of the second period; until then, he had played every second of San Jose's postseason games.

Jones left having allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 6-3 loss that evened the best-of-7 series at two wins apiece.

Jones had given up four goals three other times in the playoffs, all in the second round against the Nashville Predators. But he played between 60 and 111-plus minutes in those three losses. This time he lasted 30:11.

"We hung him out to dry tonight," forward Tommy Wingels said. "He made some big saves there and he gave us a chance. But we kept giving them more opportunities. Odd-man rushes and open guys around the net, and that's certainly not on [Jones] at all. It's on every guy in front of him."

After allowing four goals on 32 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville in Game 6, Jones had a 20-save shutout in a 5-0 victory in Game 7.

"We've responded well anytime we've needed to this year, all season long," Jones said. "We'll get ready for the next one.

"I don't really have to change anything. Prepare like I have been for the next game."

Game 5 is at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Jones had one of his best saves of the playoffs just moments before St. Louis scored its second goal. He made a diving stick save of Robby Fabbri's shot from the lower left circle, but defenseman Brent Burns couldn't clear the puck, and Jori Lehtera beat Jones from the slot at 10:11 of the first period.

Video: STL@SJS, Gm4: Lehtera jams home rebound

"He made a huge save there," defenseman Paul Martin said. "We have to clean that up after he saved us like that. Then on the power play, that was something we know they're going to do and we didn't get a [defenseman] over on that for that shot.

"I think Jones has been great, and we all have confidence in him. It's one of those things where they capitalized on a couple and it looks like we're not doing what we need to be doing."

St. Louis made it 3-0 at 6:09 of the second period on a shorthanded goal by Kyle Brodziak. Joe Thornton turned the puck over, and Brodziak scored on a 2-on-1 rush. Brodziak scored again at 10:11, beating Jones through the five-hole and ending his night.

"They had some jump tonight," Jones said of the Blues. "That was probably the biggest difference. For us, we just need to make sure we support the puck a little better and break the puck out cleaner."

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