After defeating the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Saturday's Game 1 of the Western Conference final, the San Jose Sharks will look to extend that series lead to 2-0 with a strong showing, Monday night, at the Shark Tank.
In Saturday's game, the San Jose attack was led by RW Timo Meier, who scored a pair of goals, including the goal that put the Sharks ahead for good in the second period (10:24). Meier's second goal came just minutes later, in the same period (17:34), assisted by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Gustav Nyquist.
Logan Couture got things started in the first period, knocking one past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, with Nyquist and Meier assisting. St. Louis, however, struck back with a Joel Edmundson goal, tying the score at 1-1. Later in the first, penalties by Blues teammates Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko led to a power play goal by Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. The Sharks led 2-1 heading into the second period.
San Jose's Kevin Labanc put his team up 3-1 with a Joe Thornton-assisted goal, early in the second. That score was answered by St. Louis, just over a minute later, on a Ryan O'Reilly score. Meier's ensuing pair of goals made it 5-2, in favor of San Jose.
In the third and final period, the Blues inched closer with an early goal by Tyler Bozak. Sharks goalie, Martin Jones, would shut the St. Louis attack down from there, saving all eight of the Blues' shots on goal throughout the remainder of the period. On the night, Jones tallied 28 total saves. Logan Couture put in an empty net goal, late in the third, for good measure, making the final 6-3.
The Sharks and the Blues will clash again, tonight at the SAP Center starting at 6 p.m.