Sharks on brink of first Stan­ley Cup fi­nal

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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.

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