Sharks top Blues, advance to first Stanley Cup Final

Thu May 26, 2016 12:30am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The San Jose Sharks are going to finish their silver anniversary season chasing that big silver chalice.

The Stanley Cup Final is coming to San Jose.

Joel Ward scored two goals and Martin Jones stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Sharks eliminated the St. Louis Blues with a 5-2 win in Game Six on Wednesday.

Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture also scored in the clinching game for San Jose.

By virtue of winning the Western Conference title, the Sharks advance to their first appearance in the NHL's ultimate series.

San Jose will open the Stanley Cup Final against the winner of Thursday's Game Seven between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

Ward scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the playoff series at 3:01 of the third period by deflecting a Couture feed past Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

Donskoi iced it with his fifth goal of the playoffs at 8:11 from another pass from Couture, who capped a three-point night with an empty-net goal with 19.7 seconds left.

The Blues snapped Jones attempt at a third shutout of the series when St. Louis' regular-season leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko finally registered his first point of the series with a goal at 11:39 and scored again with an extra attacker at 16:25.   Continued...

 
May 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Nick Spaling (16) tries to score against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) in the third period of game six in the Western Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 5-2.  Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports