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Sharks Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: St. Louis Maintains 1-0 Lead After 2nd Period

The St. Louis Blues are holding steady, doing their thing on defense, and now lead 1-0 over the San Jose Sharks through two periods in Game 4 of the seven-game series. Both teams have struggled to score against goaltenders that are saving everything in sight essentially.

Brian Elliott has been superb for St. Louis so far, saving all 16 of the shots that have come his way. San Jose's Antti Niemi made the one mistake in the first period, but otherwise he's saved the other 16 shots that the Blues have sent in his direction.

St. Louis holds a slight advantage in shots on goal, 17-16, with the Blues maintaining the lead with just one period remaining. A victory on Thursday would give St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the series, which would force San Jose to win three consecutive games (including two on the road).

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