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Discussion: Sharks surge late, but Blues still take Game 3

Apr 17, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA- APRIL 16: Jason Arnott #44, Patrik Berglund #21, Carlo Colaiacovo #28 and Andy McDonald #10 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate Berglund's goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 16, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Sharks weren’t able to pull off what would have been a remarkable late game comeback. Still, with two goals in the final 3:02 minutes of regulation time, they were able to provide their fans with something of a silver lining.

They proved that they can beat Brian Elliott at least some of the time and might have a bit more confidence going into Game 4. All the same, St. Louis earned a 4-3 victory and has a 2-1 series lead. They have reclaimed their home ice advantage, which is a big deal considering that they had a stunning 30-6-5 record at the Scottrade Center in the regular season.

Let’s get the discussion started.

  • St. Louis might have gotten too comfortable with their lead in the third period. They only managed four shots on goal in the final 20 minutes.
  • Andy McDonald and Carlo Colaiacovo each had three points for the Blues.
  • The St. Louis Blues are now 5-for-13 with the man advantage. Only the Philadelphia Flyers have scored more power-play goals in the postseason.
  • Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Patrick Marleau each reached or surpassed the 30-goal mark in the regular season. Until Couture’s goal with 17 seconds remaining in the third period, none of them had found the back of the net in this series.
  1. leeo00 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    i definitely think the blues laid off the gas in the last 5 mins , but they have to be carefully this is playoff hockey and anything can happen and this very easily could have come back and bit them in the butt . They also did this in game one,lost the lead laying down with 5 mins to go. the games are 60 mins you have to play it to the end to be cup contender . That being said blues in 6

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    #firetoddmclellan

  3. finfan88shark - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    #FireToddMcLellan

    • bramac43 - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      #ThisIsn’tTwitter

  4. finfan88shark - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    FireToddMcLellan

  5. eastcoastcynic - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    #TradePatrickMarleau!! He of no points in three games. Deja vu all over again

  6. paperlions - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    It was nice to see both teams return to focusing on hockey, with far less unnecessary pushing and shoving after the whistle….even in front of the goal.

    It was almost like the whistle meant “stop”….almost.

  7. bleedingteal4life - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    One word….Elliott.

  8. materialman80 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I like what I’m seeing. Go Blues!

  9. sharksman - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Sharke need to play all 60 min not just the last 10 , otherwise its not going to be pretty…ugh…If the sharks stop 2 pp from scoring last night how different would it have been ??? Niemi has been good in net so you cant blame him…really bad defense (the oshi goal) and no offense = golf
    Cmon Sharks !!!!

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