ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 4: Torrey Mitchell #17 of the San Jose Sharks chases down Nathan Oystrick #37 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on November 4 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Blues beat the Sharks 2-1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues Vs. San Jose Sharks, NHL Playoffs 2012: Complete Series Coverage

The St. Louis Blues weren't expected to finish second in the West, just as the San Jose Sharks weren't expected to finish seventh. But here they are, kicking off the Western Conference Quarterfinals in those very positions.

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Blues Vs. Sharks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: St. Louis Blanks SJ 3-0, Evens Series

After getting upset in the first game of their best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals series, the St. Louis Blues restored order in Game 2 with a 3-0 victory that tied the series at 1-1.

Vladimir Sobotka "scored" a first-period goal just 1:31 into the game on a miscue by Marc Edouard Vlasic, and David Backes followed it with a goal on a beautiful feed from T.J. Oshie in the second period that gave the Blues a 2-0 lead they would hold until the final minute of the game, when David Perron jammed in the third goal of the night on a 5-on-3 power play.

Jaroslav Halak (12 saves) and Brian Elliott (17 saves) combined to shut out the Sharks, and left San Jose frustrated at the end of the game. Both teams scrapped repeatedly in the last few minutes of the game, and threw down again after the final horn sounded.

Game 3 of the series will come on Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern in San Jose.

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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Blues Vs. Sharks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1 Final Score: Martin Havlat Gives Sharks 3-2 Win, 1-0 Lead

The San Jose Sharks continued the trend of Western Conference teams being inhospitable to their hosts in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday. And Martin Havlat made sure the St. Louis Blues didn't have long to wait for their 1-0 deficit with a quick goal in the second overtime.

Havlat took a pass from Ryane Clowe and powered a shot past Jaroslav Halak just 3:34 into the second overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 win in the first game of No. 7 San Jose's best-of-seven series with No. 2 St. Louis.

The goal was Havlat's second on the night and produced Clowe's second assist. San Jose's Antti Niemi had 40 saves in the Sharks' win.

Game 2 of the series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. Louis.

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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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Blues Vs. Sharks Preview: Defensive Success Make St. Louis Clear Favorite

The St. Louis Blues have a superior full-team defensive game that should be enough to dispatch the San Jose Sharks.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: San Jose Sharks Need Scorers To Show Up Vs. Blues

The St. Louis Blues held the San Jose Sharks to three goals in four games this season. Can the Sharks break free of the chains in their first round playoff series? If so, a deep run may be in order.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: St. Louis Blues Use Team Mentality In Ride To No. 2 Seed

The St. Louis Blues never expected to be situated this well heading into the 2012 NHL playoffs, but now that they're there, can the young squad go on a run?

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