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Get the coffee ready, Sharks-Blues going to double OT

Apr 12, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 12: Douglas Murray #3 of the San Jose Sharks tussles with David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Getty Images

Well, we didn’t have to wait long for our first double overtime game of the playoffs. The St. Louis Blues put a lot of pressure on Antti Niemi, but they couldn’t beat the San Jose Sharks in the first overtime period.

It’s worth noting that Niemi’s final start of the Sharks’ 2011 playoff run ended when Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa scored at 10:18 of the second overtime period in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Obviously, tonight’s contest won’t have the same impact, but a win would be a nice way to put some extra distance between this series and that night.

Of course, Jaroslav Halak has done his fair share to keep this game knotted too. Halak made a name for himself during the Montreal Canadiens’ 2009 playoff run. He was also one of the NHL’s best goaltenders this season, and a long playoff run could help cement his place among the NHL’s top goaltenders in a lot of people’s minds.

  1. rebel21das - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Loved the Sharks energy…..I was hoping playing hard down the final stretch of the regular season was going to pay off for San Jose and it clearly did. Havlat is healthy finally at just the right time too…… the first goal he scored was sniper material, good read and tapped the punk right in…..then in double OT he comes out clutch again. Big D Murray was knocking the Blues all over the place, Antti Niemi was shutdown. Joe Thornton logged big ice time as usual and it was nice to Boyle all over the Blues. The one player that I think helped a ton and didn’t get any notice was the defensive presence of Marc-Edward Vlasic, the kid played outta his mind and didn’t give the Blues much to work with all night……. what a perfect start to this series. Go Sharks!

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