Sharks on brink of first Stanley Cup final
The San Jose Sharks are one game away from a maiden appearance in the Stanley Cup final after two goals apiece from Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward lifted them to a 6-3 victory over the St Louis Blues.
Captain Pavelski levelled matters deep into the second period and then scored in the opening minute of the third to put the Sharks on their way to a 3-2 lead in the NHL Western Conference final.
“His ability to get his stick on pucks in front of the net from different angles is as good as anybody I’ve ever seen,” coach Peter DeBoer said of Pavelski. “His biggest asset is he works at it.”
Despite taking the lead through Marc-Edouard Vlasic, goals from Jaden Schwartz and Troy Brouwer gave St Louis the upper in hand in game five.
Ward got on the scoresheet in the second period and although Robby Fabbri restored the Blues’ advantage, Pavelski’s double, which took his tally in the play-offs to 12 goals, changed the complexion of the game.
“Everyone’s played a key role so far and it’s going to have to continue,” said Pavelski.
Chris Tierney and Ward netted late on to add gloss to the scoreline and San Jose can now close out victory in front of their home fans today at 4am UAE time.