On a double overtime goal by Martin Havlat, the San Jose Sharks push ahead of the St. Louis Blues at home, and win Game 1 of their first round playoff series by a score of 3-2.
After Patrik Berglund scored two goals in the third period to pull the Blues ahead of the Sharks 2-1, Andrew Desjardins tied the game up for the Sharks with 5:16 remaining in regulation play. The two goals that Patrik Berglund scored in the third period are his first two career playoff goals.
St. Louis was confident of a home win coming into this game, based on the fact that they swept the San Jose during their four game regular season series. However, I was somewhat concerned that the Blues had lost the last two games of the regular season. It is always much better to go into the playoffs hot and on a winning streak, then to enter the sacred second season on a downward spiral.
In contrast, San Jose finished off their regular season winning four in a row, and seven of their last nine. This was definitely the hot streak that they needed to come into St. Louis and take Game 1 of this first round playoff series.
Game 2 is Saturday night in St. Louis, and the Blues will be looking to even up the series at one a piece.
The two St. Louis goals by Patrik Berglund were as different as they could be. Berglund’s first goal came on a deflection that snuck in just under Niemi’s armpit on the stick side in the beginning of the third period. The second goal, which was a gift after Andy McDonald’s speed created Berglund some space, came on a power play at 7:28 after Havlat was whistled for tripping Halak behind the net.
Berglund only had one two-goal game during the 2011-12 regular season, which occurred on Jan. 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is great to see the guys doing their best to step up and play the playoff hockey that we know they are capable of.
The Sharks, who were shut out in both trips to St. Louis during the regular season, took the initial lead following David Perron’s retaliation slashing penalty. They all said that Perron has moved on regarding the concussion hit … but after watching this game, I don’t think so. But, this is hockey, and these are men, not boys.
Berglund was not the only one to score twice in this game. San Jose’s Martin Havlat also netted two goals tonight. His second goal of the night was the most the most important. The game winning shot came at 3:34 into the second overtime, which pushed the Sharks to a 3-2 victory. Havlat showed tonight that experience truly does pay off. He has scored 30 points in his last 29 playoff games.
Two final notes before I sign off. First, the Sharks have 46 playoff wins since the Blues’ last one in 2004. And second, my friends spotted “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm (who is from St. Louis) at the game.
Let’s Go Blues!