Elliott leads Blues to 2-1 win vs Sharks in Game 4

Elliott leads Blues to 2-1 win vs Sharks in Game 4

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SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19: B.J. Crombeen #26 and David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after Crombeen scored a goal in the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 19, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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by JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

KMOV.com

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 11:09 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brian Elliott made 24 saves, B.J. Crombeen and Andy McDonald scored and the St. Louis Blues moved one win away from the second round of the playoffs, beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in Game 4 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Patrik Berglund and David Perron each assisted on both goals for the Blues, who can win their first playoff series since 2002 by beating the Sharks in Game 5 at home Saturday night.

San Jose played well for long stretches, especially in the second and third period, but once again struggled to score against St. Louis' stingy defense that allowed the fewest goals ever in an 82-game season. Joe Thornton broke the shutout with 1:07 remaining, but the Sharks couldn't get the equalizer.

The Sharks are in danger of being knocked out in the first round after making it to the Western Conference final the previous two seasons. They need to win three straight games against a team they have beaten once in eight tries this season.


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