SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St Louis Blues skates with control of the puck chased after by Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 16, 2012 in San Jose, California. The Blues won the game 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sharks Vs. Blues, Game 4: St. Louis Takes Commanding Series Lead With 2-1 Win

The St. Louis Blues are up 3-1 in the quarterfinals after a win over the San Jose Sharks.

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Sharks Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 4: St. Louis Wins 2-1, Takes 3-1 Series Lead

The St. Louis Blues needed to stave off a late rally to get their 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday night. But with it, the Blues lead the series 3-1 and are in position to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The Blues began the third period with a 1-0 win, but padded their advantage on the power play a bit more than halfway through the period when Andy McDonald stuffed in the eventual game-winner on a scramble in front of the net.

That goal, McDonald's third of the series, came with assists from Patrik Berglund and David Perron, and was enough cushion for the Blues to absorb Joe Thornton's goal, scored with an extra attacker with just over a minute to go, and hold on to win.

Brian Elliott had 24 saves for the Blues, who head back to St. Louis one win from the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 5 of the series takes place Saturday.

For more on the Blues, visit St. Louis Game Time and SB Nation St. Louis. For more on the Sharks, head to Fear The Fin and SB Nation Bay Area.

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