Sharks bite Blues, 4-2
Mike Ricci scored a power-play goal with 5:42 left, to lead the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 victory over the top-seed St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.
The best-of-seven Western Conference series is tied 1-1, as it heads to San Jose for Game 3 on Monday night.
With Scott Young serving a double-minor for high sticking, Ricci followed up his own shot by shoving the rebound under Blues goalie Roman Turek for a 3-2 San Jose lead.
"No one knew where the puck was, except for (the officials)," Ricci said. "They knew where the puck was. They were pointing at it in the net. It was a lucky break for us. All I heard was, `It's in the net.' I did not have a clue, being tied up against the boards."
Owen Nolan added an empty-net goal with 1:03 to play to clinch it for the Sharks, who won for only the third time in their last 18 visits to St. Louis (3-14-1).
But it took lots of luck.
Bryan Marchment scored the Sharks' second goal with a shot from behind the Blues' net.
And Gary Suter, who also had an assist, was credited with a goal when Blues defenceman Marc Bergevin threw the puck into his own net.
"I thought it was still in his hand," Nolan said. "And then, skating around the net, I see it in the back of the net. My hands are in the air, so in the situation, you cannot complain."
St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said he didn't think the goal resulted from Bergevin having trouble getting the puck out of his glove.
"I just think it was a bad pitch," said Quenneville.
St. Louis appeared to regain momentum after Stephane Richer tied the game at 2-2 at 8:35 of the third period, capping off a 2-on-1 with Craig Conroy.
Marchment gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead 3:07 into the period. He chased down a loose puck behind the Blues' net, and attempted to throw it in front. Instead, it banked in off Turek's pad.
Marchment had no goals in 49 regular-season games.
Bergevin gave the Sharks their other goal at 17:10 of the first period, when he caught Gary Suter's shot and attempted to throw the puck behind his net, instead sending it past a surprised Turek.
Marty Reasoner scored the other goal for the Blues, his second of the playoffs.
San Jose, which will also play host to Game 4 on Wednesday, has not won a playoff game at home since April 28, 1998 -- losing the last four.