San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues: Sharks Still Have Advantage in 1-1 Series

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIApril 14, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues tussles with Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks were outplayed by the defensive-minded St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, but the Sharks still have the Blues right where they want them in terms of winning the overall series.

The Sharks were shut-out by the Blues, 3-0, after San Jose was unable to come back from a St. Louis goal less than two minutes into the game, which Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic had inadvertently guided into his own net.

The series now heads to San Jose with the two teams tied at one game apiece.

However, the Sharks still have the Blues exactly where they want them.

The goal for the Sharks coming into the series was to win one out of two games in St. Louis against a team that had lost only six games at home in regulation all season.  If they were able to steal one in the Blues' building, then the trip was success.

San Jose did just that, and maybe a little more.

Now the Sharks head back to HP Pavilion, where they had built some winning steam towards the end of the regular season.  San Jose had won their last seven game at home to finish out the season, including a must-win game against the Los Angeles Kings in the final game of the NHL season.  The win allowed San Jose to grab the seventh seed heading into the NHL playoffs.

San Jose did not play bad in Game 2, though.  In fact, neither team played bad in their respective losses in this series.  The Blues missed on several chances to close out the opening game in the third period and each of the overtime periods on Thursday night, and the Sharks fell behind the eight ball early against a team centered around its defense with the lead in hand.

How Game 2 ended sure tells a lot about how this series is going to go from here.  Both teams simply got agitated at the each other towards the end of the game, and it led to a serious all-man brawl to end the game.

We can be sure scores will be settled back in San Jose, as both teams looked to have unfinished business unsettled.

The series now shifts from a series built on strategy to a series built with a bit of an edge to it.  It will make for an interesting Game 3, for sure.

Game 3 between the Sharks and Blues is scheduled for Monday. 


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