BLUES OFFENSE BREAKS OUT IN GAME 4, SERIES TIED 2-2
The St. Louis Blues ended a scoreless drought of 156:59 with six goals in Game 4, including the first four of the game, to defeat the San Jose Sharks and even the Western Conference Final 2-2.
* The Blues earned their sixth win as visitors in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, extending their record for road wins in a single postseason. St. Louis improved to 11-3-0 in their past 14 road games since March 19 (regular season and playoffs).
* The Blues have scored six goals in three playoff games (also Game 3 of the second round against the Dallas Stars: 6-1 W and Game 7 of SR at DAL: 6-1 W). Per Elias, St. Louis has scored at least six goals in three or more games of a playoff year for the second time in their history. They had four such games in 1986.
* Troy Brouwer (2-0-2) had his second career multi-goal playoff game and first since Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-3 with the Chicago Blackhawks). Brouwer has scored seven goals in the 2016 playoffs (18 GP), matching the total from his first 78 career playoff games.
* Kyle Brodziak (2-0-2) scored his first career shorthanded goal and game-winning goal in the postseason, all in a span of 4:02 during the second period, for his first career multi-goal playoff game.
Video: STL@SJS, Gm4: Allen stretches for a great pad save
* Jake Allen, who appeared in two games this postseason in relief of Brian Elliott (Game 6 of SR vs. DAL and Game 3 of CF at SJS), made 31 saves to win his first start of the 2016 playoffs and improve to 3-4 (2.05 GAA, .911 SV%) in 10 career postseason appearances.
Home Team in Caps
St. Louis 6, SAN JOSE 3 - series tied 2-2
GAME 5 LOOMS LARGE
Via Elias, when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 290-81 (78.2%). The Blues and Sharks will play Game 5 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBS, TVA Sports).
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Video: STL@SJS, Gm4: Pavelski tips home Thornton's feed
San Jose forward Joe Pavelski (1-0-1) scored his NHL-leading 10th goal of the 2016 playoffs, the most in Sharks history within a single postseason. He also extended his point streak to five games (2-4-6) . . . St. Louis halted San Jose's home win streak at six games . . . Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (15 SV) saw his shutout streak end at 153:57 when he allowed a goal at 6:14 of the first period . . . Sharks goaltender James Reimer made six saves in relief of Jones, his first appearance since April 5 and first playoff appearance since Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at the Boston Bruins (with the Toronto Maple Leafs) . . . Sharks general manager Doug Wilson invited San Jose fan Billy Foley and his family, who are displaced by the recent wildfires in northern Alberta, to attend Game 4 . . . Canada will face Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Sunday (12:45 p.m. ET) . . . Actor Jon Hamm, a native of St. Louis, showed his support for the Blues ahead of Game 4.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. ET, series tied 2-2, CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN