Blues Vs. Sharks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Andrew Desjardins Forces Overtime

Center Andrew Desjardins' goal with 5:16 remaining in the third period helped the No. 7 San Jose Sharks force overtime in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the No. 2-seeded St. Louis Blues.

The Blues had erased a 1-0 San Jose lead, tying the game when Patrik Berglund tipped a Kevin Shattenkirk shot over the shoulder of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi 54 seconds into the third period. Berglund added a power play goal to give the Blues a 2-1 lead at the 7:28 mark after Martin Havlat was sent off for tripping.

Havlat opened the scoring in the game, and the series, with a power play goal, tipping a Dan Boyle wrist shot past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak six minutes into the second period.

The Blues have out-shot the Sharks 28-to-23 in regulation and have a 25-to-23 edge in hits. The Sharks hold a 29-to-28 edge in the face-off circle.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Blues, please visit St. Louis Game Time. For updates and perspective on the San Jose Sharks, head on over to Fear the Fin. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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