Sharks shut out Blues, level West finals
(The Sports Xchange) - Brent Burns did not need to study the San Jose Sharks' postseason history to know going down 0-2 in a series is not desirable.
Burns and goalie Martin Jones made certain that did not happen on Tuesday as he scored a pair of power-play goals and Jones stopped all 26 St. Louis shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-0 win over the Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.
The shutout was the second in the playoffs for Jones, who also shut out Nashville in Game 7 in the second round.
The best-of-seven series is now tied at one win each as it heads to San Jose for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Had Burns looked into the Sharks' history, he would have learned that 10 times they have fallen behind 0-2 in a series -- and lost all 10. That list includes the franchise's three previous trips to the conference final, in 2004, 2010 and 2011.
"We wanted to go home with a split and that's what we got," said defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
The Sharks scored what would turn out to be the only goal they would need just 2:07 into the game, from Tommy Wingels, before Burns scored on the power-play in both the second and third periods, his fifth and sixth goals of the playoffs.
Both goals came while the Blues' Troy Brouwer was in the penalty box.
"Guys came out with a good sense of urgency and got after it," said the Sharks' Joe Pavelski. "It was a great job by everybody." Continued...