Final

Series (Game 3 of 4)

St. Louis leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 6th
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Game 2: Tuesday, January 8th
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Game 3: Wednesday, March 13th
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Game 4: Thursday, April 11th
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Blues 2

(32-22-3, 75 pts)

Sharks 0

(35-21-3, 80 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 13, 2002

SAP Center, San Jose, California

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STL 0 0 22
SJ 0 0 00

B. Johnson (Blues - G): Saves: 18, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Young (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Pronger (Blues - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Blues win first game since Olympics

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues were clearly tired of their latest distinction: They were the only NHL team without a win since the Olympics.

"It was a long time coming," said Scott Young, who had a goal in the Blues' 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson made 18 saves to help the Blues snap a three-game losing skid.

"If we can keep playing this way, we stand a chance," he added.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Blues, who are fighting to maintain their playoff position in the Western Conference.

Brent Johnson stopped 18 shots in his fifth shutout of the season for St. Louis, still dealing without top forwards Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight.

Weight has missed four games with a sprained right knee, while Tkachuk has missed six games with a deep thigh bruise from his Olympic play.

Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves for the Sharks. Nabokov scored an empty-net goal Sunday night in the Sharks' 7-4 victory over Vancouver, a rare feat that was repeatedly shown Wednesday night to the hometown fans on the video scoreboard.

Nabokov, last year's Calder Trophy winner, became just the seventh goaltender in the NHL to score a goal, and the first to do it on a power play.

He earned chants of "Nabby! Nabby!" from the crowd late in the second period when he stopped a shot by Cory Stillman, who skated in alone and tried to hammer the puck between Nabokov's skate and the post.

The first two periods were mostly a defensive battle, with the Blues taking 14 shots on Nabokov and the Sharks taking just eight shots on Johnson.

"I think it was there for the taking for the team that wanted it the most," Sharks center Vincent Damphousse said.

Young scored 1:37 into the third with a slap shot from more than 30 feet that sailed under Nabokov. Jamal Mayers scored an empty-net goal with 40.1 seconds left.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Sharks, who squandered a 5-on-3 opportunity to open the third period.

"It's not too hard to figure out how to score goals," said clearly frustrated Sharks coach Darryl Sutter. "You shoot the puck and you go to the net. If you're not shooting and going to the net, you're not scoring, and that is no different from kids hockey to the NHL."

The interaction between Blues captain Chris Pronger and Sharks forward Teemu Selanne was closely watched after Pronger's menacing comments when Canada defeated Finland in the Olympics. Pronger, on the Canadian side, was unhappy about a check by Selanne, playing for Finland, late in the match.

But there were no run-ins between the two on Wednesday. The most significant flare-up between the teams came late in the second period, when San Jose's Gary Suter and Blues winger Dallas Drake threw punches to each earn five-minute majors.

Game notes


The Sharks recalled right wing Mike Craig from their AHL affiliate in Cleveland on Wednesday. ... The Sharks placed Todd Harvey on their injured list with a sore shoulder. ... The last time Suter received a fighting major was in December 1991, when he was with Calgary.

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