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Vlasic continues to produce for Sharks

San Jose defenseman gets goal, assist in Game 5 win

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

ST. LOUIS -- Marc-Edouard Vlasic does not have Asian tattoos, long hair and an even longer beard. He does not lead defensemen with six goals and 19 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is not his San Jose Sharks teammate, Brent Burns.

But quietly he is elite in his own right, a workhorse who plays against top opponents and helps give Burns the freedom to do what he does, and he was integral to the Sharks' 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Monday.

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Hard work paying off for Sharks' Pavelski

San Jose captain scores two more goals in Game 5 win

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

ST. LOUIS -- Through the years, as the San Jose Sharks kept falling short in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Joe Pavelski kept developing chemistry with teammate Joe Thornton.

Through the years, as the Sharks kept being called underachievers, Pavelski kept working at his craft.

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Blues using 'glass half full' mentality after loss

St. Louis optimistic about extending Western Conference Final despite losing at home again

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS - The question started to trail off, as the implication became clear. The reporter pointed out that the St. Louis Blues had sustained an excellent run, through the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, the Dallas Stars in the second round, and now the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. So, the reporter said, "Now the totality is you're 60 minutes away from this whole thing coming to a close…"

Blues captain David Backes interrupted the question.

"We're 60 minutes away from a Game 7, too," Backes said.

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Blues penalty kill ineffective in Game 5 loss

Gives up two power-play goals in second period against Sharks

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- All things considered, the St. Louis Blues had to be pleased with their efforts on the penalty kill against the San Jose Sharks through four games of the Western Conference Final.

But the Blues couldn't stay away from the costly penalty in Game 5, and the Sharks made them pay twice in a 6-3 victory. San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 with a chance to advance to its first Stanley Cup Final in Game 6 at SAP Center on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Stats: Hertl vs. Fabbri, Game 5

Sharks forward assists on go-ahead goal; Blues forward scores despite being questionable

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center on Monday.

San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is at SAP Center on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports); the Sharks can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history.

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Instant analysis: Sharks at Blues, Game 5

San Jose one win from first Stanley Cup Final; Tarasenko a non-factor for St. Louis again

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

ST. LOUIS - The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center on Monday.

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Sharks defeat Blues in Game 5, lead series 3-2

Pavelski scores twice; San Jose one win away from Stanley Cup Final

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The San Jose Sharks are on the cusp of their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, and their captain was front and center Monday to put them in that position.

Joe Pavelski scored twice, including the go-ahead goal 16 seconds into the third period, to help the Sharks to a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center.

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Blues' Brouwer bats puck into net for goal

Forward gives St. Louis lead against Sharks in Game 5 with swinging score

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Brouwer bats puck past Jones

SJS@STL, Gm5: Brouwer swats home goal for the lead

WCF, Gm5: Troy Brouwer shows off his hand-eye coordination by batting the puck out of midair on the rebound, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead

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St. Louis Blues forward Troy Brouwer used some serious hand-eye coordination to give his team the lead against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Scottrade Center on Monday.

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Paw-velski merchandise returns to Sharks team store

Shirts and pucks with likeness of black cat will be on sale for Game 6 against Blues

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sharks let black cat on ice

NSH@SJS, Gm1: Sharks bring black cat to Game 1

R2, Gm1: A black cat runs past the bench, hoping the Sharks can turn fortune in their favor before Game 1

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The San Jose Sharks have avoided a gift shop cat-astrophe: Jo Paw-velski merchandise is back.

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Blues' Tarasenko more focused on winning than scoring

St. Louis' offensive leader has been held without a point in four games against Sharks

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko had seven goals and six assists in the first two rounds of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But the Western Conference Final has not gone nearly as well for the talented right wing, who has been held without a point in four games against the San Jose Sharks.

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

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