April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) warms up before game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Sharks Vs. Blues, Game 3: St. Louis Spoils San Jose's Homecoming

There's been fights and cracked helmets, so the bad blood is boiling as a tied San Jose-St. Louis series goes to Game 3.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, Game 3: Blues Hang On For 4-3 Win, Take 2-1 Lead In Series

The St. Louis Blues scored three times on the power play, got 26 saves from goalie Brian Elliott and withstood a late rally from the San Jose Sharks to score a 4-3 win Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Quarter-Final series.

Blues winger Andy McDonald broke a 1-1 tie 1:01 into the second period when he put a deflected point shot from defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo into an empty net. On the power play 10 minutes later, McDonald would feed center Jason Arnott, whose one-timer beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to give the Blues a 3-1 lead entering the third period.

Forward Alexander Steen scored the Blues' third power play goal of the night when he beat Niemi on a slap shot from the point to extend the Blues' lead to 4-1 less than a minute into the third period.

San Jose would inch back when defenseman Colin White beat Elliott on a slap shot from the slot with 3:02 to play. Center Logan Couture beat Elliott with a wrist shot with 17 seconds remaining but, even with the extra skater, the Sharks were unable to put another puck on net.

McDonald and Colaiacovo lead the Blues with three points apiece, while Steen and center Patrik Berglund and Jason Arnott each had a goal and an assist. Captain Joe Thornton (3 assists) and Couture (1 goal, 1 assist) had multi-point games for the Sharks.

Game 4 is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night in San Jose.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, Game 3: Alexander Steen Extends Blues' Lead To 3

Less than a minute into the third period, the St. Louis Blues extended their lead over the San Jose Sharks to three goals in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarter-Final series.

Blues forward Alexander Steen beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi on a shot from the point to put St. Louis ahead, 4-1. The goal was the Blues' third on the power play, with the latest man advantage coming late in the second period when Sharks winger Daniel Winnik was sent off for boarding Colaiacovo at the 19:39 mark of the period.

Forward Andy McDonald and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo assisted on the Steen goal, giving both players three points on the night. Colaiacovo has three assists, while McDonald scored the Blues' second goal of the game 1:01 into the second period and, 10 minutes later, assisted on Jason Arnott's power play goal.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, Game 3: Blues Take 3-1 Lead After 2

Andy McDonald scored 1:01 into the second period and set up a Jason Arnott goal on the power play to give the visting St. Louis Blues a 3-1 lead on the San Jose Sharks entering the third period of their Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarter-Final playoff series, which is currently tied at 1-1.

McDonald scored when a shot by defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo from the point caromed off the bodies in front of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to McDonald, who was stationed to the side of the net and was able to slide the puck into the empty net. Ten minutes later, the Blues took advantage of an interference penalty on Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray when McDonald delivered a cross-ice pass to Arnott, who one-timed the puck by Niemi.

The Blues, who already have a pair of power play goals on the night, will open the third period with the man advantage after Sharks winger Daniel Winnik was sent off for boarding Colaiacovo at the 19:39 mark of the period.

Through 40 minutes, the Blues have out-shot the Sharks 23-19 and hold a 25-23 edge in the face-off circle. The Sharks have been the more physical team, out-hitting the Blues 34-20.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Andy McDonald Makes It 2-1, Blues

One minute and one second into the second period, St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald slid a deflected point shot from defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo into the empty net behind San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

Center Patrik Berglund, who opened the scoring when he converted a rebound off a Colaiacovo shot 14:31 into the game, received the second assist on McDonald's goal, his second of the series. Both of the Blues' goals have come by putting bodies in front of Niemi and taking advantage of defensive lapses by the Sharks, who left Berglund and McDonald unattended at the side of the net.

Defenseman Brent Burns has the lone tally for the Sharks, beating Blues goalie Brian Elliott on a backhand shot on the power play at the 16:45 mark of the first period.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Tied 1-1 Entering First Intermission

St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns exchanged power-play goals as the two teams enter the first intermission of Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series tied at one.

Berglund's goal, his third of the playoff series, came just 31 seconds after Sharks center Tommy Wingels was sent off for high-sticking. A shot by Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo rattled off the post and to an unattended Berglund, who back-handed the puck into the empty net to open the game's scoring. Along with Colaiacovo, center Jason Arnott was credited with an assist.

With Blues defenseman Roman Polak serving a two-minute minor for cross-checking Sharks center Joe Thornton, the Sharks got the equalizer when Burns streaked down the right-wing boards and beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott with a backhand shot over his blocker shoulder. Thornton and Logan Couture were credited on Burns' goal, the first of his playoff career.

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stopped 13 of 14 shots in the first 20 minutes, while Elliott, who is playing for an injured Jaroslav Halak, stopped seven of the eight shots the Sharks got on net. In a physical game, the Sharks are outhitting the Blues, 18-13.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Sharks Vs. Blues Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

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