Brouwer, Brodziak help Blues even series
(The Sports Xchange) - Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored two goals to power the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, evening the best-of-seven Western Conference finals series at two games apiece.
Blues goaltender Jake Allen, making his first start of the postseason, turned away 31 of San Jose's 34 shots, sending the series back to St. Louis on even terms for Game 5 on Monday.
Brouwer, who had totaled five goals in the Blues' first 17 games, ended Sharks goalie Martin Jones' two-game shutout streak with a one-timer from in front of the net 6:14 into the game.
He came back to add the clincher at the 3:55 mark of the third period, deflecting a shot from the point by Alexander Steen past James Reimer, who had replaced Jones in the second period.
The power-play goal, which came seven seconds after Sharks winger Joel Ward had gotten called for delay of game, gave St. Louis a 5-1 lead.
Allen easily converted the four-goal lead into a victory from there, although he came under constant assault from a desperate Sharks team in the final period.
San Jose scored three times in the third period, first on a Joe Pavelski tip-in of a Joe Thornton shot just 1:05 in, and not too long later when Chris Tierney's shot from the right side bounced in off the back of Allen.
Tierney's goal, his fourth of the playoffs, was unassisted and got San Jose back within 5-2 with still 13:03 to play.
But Allen held on from there, despite surrendering a goal with 3:32 remaining that was credited to San Jose's Melker Karlsson but was actually pushed into the net by St. Louis defenseman Joel Edmundson. Continued...