On Saturday afternoon, the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues played the second game in their best-of-seven series in the opening round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks held a 1-0 lead in the series heading into the game, but an ignominious beginning gave way to an unceremonious end and the Blues evened the series by taking Saturday's game, 3-0.
In the first period, a Vladimir Sobotka shot slipped under the legs of Antti Niemi. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was on the scene and attempted to clear, but inadvertently tipped the puck in for an own goal at 1:31 and a 2-0 Blues lead. Sobotka was credited with an unassisted goal.
In the second period, the intensity ramped up significantly as hard hits were exchanged by both sides and more than a couple of scuffles broke out, one of which erupted into a significant fight. At 13:49, David Backes slipped another goal past Niemi to take a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks had a power play opportunity in the final 10 minutes of regulation but came up empty. The final three minutes of play featured a St. Louis power play that turned into another fight that resulted in a 5 on 3 for the Blues and one last goal to seal the win for the home team. T.J. Oshie got credit for the final goal at 19:35. After play ended, there were a slew of fights on the ice. Emotions will continue to run high as the series heads back to San Jose for game three.
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