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The San Jose Sharks score 3 in the third to take the pivotal Game 5 contest Monday night in St. Louis to go up 3-2 in this amazing Western Conference Final.
On a night when G Martin Jones was fighting it all night, his teammates continued their clutch play by coming back from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to score the go ahead goal 16 seconds into the third period.
Joel Ward tied the score in the second, after the Blues had taken the lead on a goal by power forward Troy Brouwer. Captain Joe Pavs made an amazing spin pass to D man Marc Eduard Vlazic who rifled the puck off the post and goalie Jake Allen, Ward was there to knock it out of the air past the St. Louis goalie.
Soon after that goal the Blues got one back on the power play. Rookie Robby Fabbri ripped one past Jones to retake the lead as the teams headed towards the end of the second.
Pavelski would score again on the power play to knot the game at three heading to the third period.
In what has become a recurring theme in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the
San Jose stars would come up big again. The Blues won the faceoff to start the period, St. Louis D man Jay Bowmeester tried a bank pass off the boards that eluded his teammate and went down for an icing.
San Jose won the face off back to Burns, who shot wide intentionally with Pavs in the slot. The Captain would tip the puck with the heel of his blade past a befuddled Jake Allen for a 4-3 lead 16 seconds into the third stanza.
What can I say that I haven’t said before about Pavelski? Dude is playing outta his mind, Conn Smythe worthy. San Jose would stifle and frustrate the Blues for the duration of the game, scoring 2 empty net goals in the last 90 seconds.
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Chris Tierney would pot the first empty netter by going one on three against the desperate Blues, stealing the puck back from All Star D man Alex Pieterangelo and tucking the puck into the empty net on a beautiful wrap around.