Blues vs. Sharks: Game 6 Live Score, Highlights for 2016 NHL Playoffs

Carol Schram@pool88Featured ColumnistMay 25, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 19: Paul Stastny
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The San Jose Sharks will play for the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 25-year franchise history.

The Sharks punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final with a dominating 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at SAP Center.

With the edge in the series after a 6-3 win in St. Louis on Monday, the Sharks took control of the game early, outshooting the Blues 9-5 in the opening frame and taking a 1-0 lead when Joe Pavelski was able to clean up a Joe Thornton breakaway just 3:57 into the game.

Joel Ward then added a pair of goals—his fifth and sixth of the playoffs—before Joonas Donskoi added an insurance marker to put his team up 4-0 with 11:49 to play.

Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues made it interesting, scoring his first two goals of the series in the dying minutes, but Logan Couture added an empty-netter for his eighth goal of the playoffs to send San Jose to a place that it has never been before, as Western Conference Champions.

The Sharks will play the winner of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, which goes Thursday night at Amalie Arena