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Sharks vs. Blues Live Blog -- March 19

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

San Jose finished off the win and the final was 5-3.

St. Louis scored on as seeing-eye shot from the point to make it 5-3.

Just an amazing few stops by Antti Niemi as he was knocked backwards by a defender on one and then he sprawled across the crease to prevent a rebound on the other.

The penalty killers just finished off a two minute assignment, making the Blues comeback effort that much more difficult.

Antti Niemi lost his stick in the corner and was without the defense mechanism when the next shot came, but he was able to cover the puck.

St. Louis pulled within three as a tipped shot snuck behind Antti Niemi.

Antti Niemi forced Alex Pietrangelo to shoot wide in a one-on-one showdown.

The Sharks coaching staff has made some adjustments on the forward lines with Logan Couture still out.

San Jose led 5-1 after 40 minutes.

Hat trick for Joe Pavelski.  He positioned himself just right to tip a Dan Boyle point shot and the redirect made all the difference.  It wasn't noticed right away by the fans as Pavs wasn't given the original credit for a previous goal and it was difficult to tell for sure he had touched this shot.  it marked Pavelski's 100th NHL goal.

Great stop by Antti Niemi on a one-on-one situation.  St. Louis had 36 seconds of 4V3 time.

Two full minutes of 4V4 time.

The media update on Logan Couture just came and he was listed as questionable to return.

Another long shot resulted in a goal.  This time Devin Setoguchi let loose from up high and traffic out front made the score 4-1.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic just prevented a tally by pulling a puck out of the crease that was headed across the line.

St. Louis lit the lamp on a play that simply didn't go San Jose's way.  The initial shot came on a play where Antti Niemi snuffed out a mini-breakaway.  A second Blues player kicked at the rebound and moved it toward the net, but the puck was caught up in Douglas Murray's skate.  That is what moved the puck across the line.  

San Jose was up 5-2 in shots for the second period.

Scary moment as Logan Couture went down into the boards.  Ben Eager and Ryane Clowe helped get him to the lockerroom. 

The goal originally given to Patrick Marleau was viewed on video and determined to belong to Joe Pavelski.

San Jose closed out the period with the three goal lead, despite the shots being 15 apiece.

Antti Niemi made a nice adjustment to stop a deflected puck headed on net.

Joe Thornton's assist on Joe Pavelski's goal moved him into a tie for 54th all-time in helpers with Henri Richard.

Patrick Marleau just pushed a puck up to Devin Setoguchi for a breakaway, but Ty Conklin managed the save.

San Jose scored on three of their first 10 shots.  A Joe Pavelski power play point shot was San Jose's third tally.  The goal prompted St. Louis to pull Jaroslav Halak and insert Ty Conklin.

Logan Couture could not believe Jaroslav Halak stopped him right out front.

Less than a minute later Patrick Marleau uncorked a blast from the point and with Joe Pavelski parked out front Jaroslav Halak had no chance.

Torrey Mitchell picked up a rebound in front and rifled it home to start the scoring.

San Jose posted their initial shot of the contest and followed it up with another two seconds later.

Good evening and welcome to tonight's game between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.

Here's the starting lineups:

GOAL: Jaroslav Halak
DEFENSE: Roman Polak and Nikita Nikitin
FORWARDS: Patrik Berglund, Adam Cracknell and Chris Stewart

GOAL: Antti Niemi
DEFENSE: Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle
FORWARDS: Ben Eager, Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe

ST. LOUIS: D Tyson Strachan
SAN JOSE: D Niclas Wallin and RW Dany Heatley

San Jose leads, 2-1. Tonight's game is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams. In the last meeting on Jan. 15 in San Jose, the Sharks won 4-2.

SAN JOSE: The Sharks have won two straight. Their last five home games have been decided by one goal (3-2).
ST. LOUIS: The Blues are playing the third of their four-game road trip. St. Louis has split the first two games (loss in Anaheim, 2-1 and a 4-0 win at Los Angeles on Thursday). They conclude their four-game trip in Phoenix on March 22.

INTERESTING NOTE: Referee Dennis LaRue is working his 1,000th National Hockey League game tonight.
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