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Blues Vs. Sharks Final Score: St. Louis Wins Game 3 To Grab 2-1 Series Lead

The St. Louis Blues grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the 2012 NHL playoffs on Monday night at HP Pavilion. The Blues held a 4-1 lead with five minutes remaining, but the Sharks would run off three straight goals to make the Blues sweat. St. Louis would hold on for a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

The third period's lone goal from the Blues came when Alexander Steen beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi for a power play goal just one minute into the period. Steen's first goal of the postseason was set up by Andy McDonald.

Just went the game appeared over, San Jose tallied two quick goals. Colin White score his first of the playoffs with four minutes remaining in the third period when he beat Blues goalie Brian Elliot off assists from Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton. Logan Couture would score with :17 seconds remaining to make it 4-3.

San Jose out-shot St. Louis 29-27 on the night. Andy McDonald, who finished with a goal and two assists, was name the No. 1 star of the night.

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