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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 / NHL.com 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.

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Blues benefit from adjustments, top Sharks in Game 4

Allen for Elliott, line changes among Hitchcock decisions that paid off

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had thrown down the gauntlet, taking the pressure and challenge on himself before Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks. He said after a Game 3 loss on Thursday that it was up to him to find a way out of the mire the Blues had created, to find a light in the darkness for a team that could have lost the first three games.

The Blues saw it, that light, perhaps 10 or 12 minutes into the first period, Kevin Shattenkirk estimated. After Troy Brouwer scored on the power play (6:14), after Jori Lehtera kept up with the puck after a highlight-reel stick save by Sharks goalie Martin Jones (10:11), after they had settled into the game they knew they would need to play.

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Sharks outworked, outexecuted in Game 4 loss

Failure to match Blues' desperation leaves Western Conference Final tied 2-2

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

SAN JOSE -- Peter DeBoer was not in the mood to talk X's and O's.

His San Jose Sharks lost 6-3 to the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday. Instead of taking a 3-1 series lead, setting the team record for Stanley Cup Playoff wins in a single season and coming within a victory of their first Cup Final, they let the Blues tie the series 2-2. They assured this best-of-7 will go at least six games.

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Brodziak brings scoring to Blues' fourth line

Gets two goals in Game 4 win against Sharks that ties series

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- St. Louis Blues center Kyle Brodziak is part of a fourth line that has a specific role, and it doesn't necessarily involve being asked to produce offense.

So when Brodziak, who scored two goals -- including one shorthanded -- in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday, can provide offense, it becomes uplifting to the bench and gives teammates juice to execute what they need to do.

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Blues say Backes, Fabbri 'should be good to go'

Forwards were injured in Game 4 win against Sharks

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes and rookie forward Robby Fabbri missed large portions of a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday because each was injured.

Coach Ken Hitchcock said afterward they should be fine; he did not reveal what the injuries are.

"We'll let you know in a couple days," Hitchcock said. "Both guys should be good to go."

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Instant analysis: Blues at Sharks, Game 4

Allen, Brouwer, Brodziak help St. Louis defeat San Jose, tie Western Final

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

SAN JOSE -- The St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday, tying the best-of-7 series 2-2.

The Blues jumped out to a 4-0 lead and chased Sharks goaltender Martin Jones for backup James Reimer midway through the second period after going 156:59 without a goal; they never let their lead dwindle to fewer than three.

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Stats: Allen vs. Jones, Game 4

Blues goalie sharp in first start of 2016 playoffs; Sharks pull goaltender midway through game

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday.

The Blues evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2; Game 5 is Monday at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Allen, Blues defeat Sharks in Game 4

St. Louis evens Western Final against San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Goaltender Jake Allen provided the momentum change the St. Louis Blues were looking for in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday.

Allen made 31 saves in his first start of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kyle Brodziak and Troy Brouwer each scored two goals, and the Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 to tie the best-of-7 series 2-2.

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

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Backes out for Blues in Game 4

St. Louis captain possibly injured against Sharks

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

St. Louis Blues captain David Backes did not take a shift in the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

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Sharks goalie Jones pulled from Game 4

After consecutive shutouts, allows four goals to Blues

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones was pulled in the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final after allowing four goals to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Jones allowed four goals on 19 shots in 30:11 after having consecutive shutouts in Games 2 and 3. He was replaced by James Reimer, who made his 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut.

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