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Western Conference Final, Gm 3: STL at SJS

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Hertl gets his turn in the spotlight for Sharks

First career two-goal game in playoffs helps San Jose win Game 3

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Playing on the top line with the two Joes, Thornton and Pavelski, means that San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl rarely grabs the spotlight.

But that's exactly what he did in the Sharks' 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Thursday.

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Sharks closer to goal than ever before

San Jose core two wins from first Stanley Cup Final after Game 3 victory against Blues

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE -- Joe Thornton leaned back in his chair and considered the question: Is this the closest he has ever been to the Stanley Cup Final in his 18-season NHL career?

He went through the past two times he had made the Western Conference Final with the San Jose Sharks. In 2010, they were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2011, they lost in five games to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Blues need scoring spark from Tarasenko, anyone

St. Louis coach Hitchcock needs his to team to be more consistent in order to even series

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE - St. Louis Blues forward Troy Brouwer had just hopped over the boards. Instead of sitting on the bench, he abused it by hitting his stick down once, twice, three times. There was less than 10 minutes left in the third period, and Brouwer had just hit a post, unable to score against the San Jose Sharks.

Nor would the rest of his teammate's breakthrough in those final 10 minutes, ultimately getting shut out for a second consecutive game, falling 3-0 to the Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Thursday.

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Blues could change goalies for Game 4

Elliott pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots to Sharks in Game 3 loss

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The St. Louis Blues could have a different look in goal when they play the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

The Blues lost 3-0 in Game 3 on Thursday at SAP Center and trail the best-of-7 series 2-1. They were shut out for the second time in as many games, the first time that's happened in the franchise's Stanley Cup Playoff history. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock pulled starting goaltender Brian Elliott after he allowed Tomas Hertl's second goal of the game 6:09 into the third period. It was the Sharks' third goal on 14 shots.

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Stats: Stastny vs. Pavelski, Game 3

Blues center held scoreless again with one shot; Sharks captain gets two assists in win

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Thursday.

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Instant analysis: Blues at Sharks, Game 3

Jones makes 22 saves in second straight shutout, San Jose leads Western Conference Final 2-1

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday at SAP Center. The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Forward Tomas Hertl scored twice and Joonas Donskoi also had a goal. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 22 saves to earn his second straight shutout. He has not allowed a goal since 9:15 of the second period of Game 1; San Jose has a shutout streak of 150:45, more than seven periods. The Blues couldn't score even though they pulled their goaltender for the final 5:31.

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Sharks blank Blues in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead

Hertl scores two goals, Jones makes 22 saves for second straight shutout

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are in the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in their history, but they'd never led a series this deep into the Stanley Cup Playoffs until Thursday.

Tomas Hertl scored two goals, Martin Jones made 22 saves for his second straight shutout, and the Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 in Game 3 at SAP Center to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Roenick believes Sharks will finally reach Cup Final

NBC Sports analyst says new coach DeBoer, depth are key to San Jose's success in playoffs

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks have never been to the Stanley Cup Final, but NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick believes their time is finally coming.  

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Sharks' puck movement, physical play concern Blues

St. Louis says it must be 'better as a group' in Game 3

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- In the first two games of the Western Conference Final, the San Jose Sharks forced the St. Louis Blues to play a game that doesn't suit their style. For St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, the difference in this series from what the Blues saw against the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars in the first two rounds is twofold.

"Their speed is in their puck movement," Hitchcock said of the Sharks entering Game 3 at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). "We have to have a better five-man unit doing it. They're stretching us out. They're making us play 3-and-2, and we're not at our best when we have to play 3-and-2. ... Everything we talked about was being better as a group of five because they have us stretched out into that 3-and-2 ratio, and that's not healthy. There's too many gaps, and they've jumped on some of these gaps now."

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5 Keys: Blues at Sharks, Game 3

Successful forechecking, breakouts could tip scales for San Jose

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE - The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks play Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday at SAP Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Here are 5 Keys for Game 3:

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