Sharks close out Blues; advance to Western Conference semis
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"Nobody has given us an opportunity right from the start of the year," said San Jose forward
Shortly after, a miscue by the
The play seemed to wake up the
Play was tight throughout the remainder of the opening period and into the next before the
About five minutes in, Ricci took a shot from in close, but Osgood slid over for a nice pad save. The play continued to be dominated by the
Just 16 seconds after
However, despite decent pressure, Osgood stood tall and kept the puck out of the net. The best chance San Jose had was when Stuart fired a slap shot from inside the left circle, however Osgood cut off the angle.
Several minutes after its failed power play, San Jose grabbed a 2-1 lead with 10:26 to play in the second period. Facing a 3-on-2, Osgood made a stick save, but a St. Louis clearing attempt was then deflected and bounced directly to Smith. With Osgood out of position, Smith quickly fired the puck home from a sharp angle to the right of the net.
"As soon as it got on my stick, I looked up and saw the open net," said Smith. I just threw it in the net."
In the third, the play was wide open at both ends of the ice. With over 13 minutes to play,
As the clock continued to dwindle on the
"Considering how they were coming at us, it takes a lot of character to survive in that environment and we showed it," said
The finishing touches were then put on by Ricci, who deflected a wrister from the center point by
A last gasp for the
St. Louis was attempting to come back and from an 0-2 hole and win a best-of seven series for the second time in 14 attempts. The only time it happened was when the