SAN JOSE, Calif. — Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of the postseason and the Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to beat the Sharks 6-3 Saturday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday that Allen would start in place of Brian Elliott, hoping the change in goal would spark his dormant offense. The move paid off as the Blues controlled the play from the start of Game 4.
"We went back to our roots," Brouwer said. "Collectively and individually, guys really brought a great game (Saturday)."
Brouwer's power-play goal 6:14 into the game broke a Blues scoreless drought of 156:59, a team playoff record. Brodziak recorded his first career multigoal playoff game. Entering Saturday, he had three goals in 44 playoff games.
Martin Jones, who became the first Sharks goalie with consecutive playoff shutouts, was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots. James Reimer allowed one goal on seven shots in his first action of the playoffs.
San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to take the league lead, breaking a tie with the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov.
First—1, St.L, Brouwer 6 (Fabbri, Stastny), 6:14 (pp). 2, St.L, Lehtera 3, 10:11. Penalties—Burns, SJ (trip), 5:00; Statsny, StL (interfere), 10:28; Vlasic, SJ (slash), 19:35.
Second—3, St.L, Brodziak 1 (Schwartz), 6:09 (sh). 4, St.L, Brodziak 2 (Jaskin, Paajarvi), 10:11. Penalties—Couture, SJ (delay of game), :48; Shattenkirk, StL (interference), 5:10; Brouwer, StL (roughing), 11:38; Thornton, SJ (roughing), 11:38.
Third—5, SJ, Pavelski 10 (Thornton, Martin), 1:05. 6, St.L, Brouwer 7 (Steen, Stastny), 3:55 (pp). 7, SJ, Tierney 4 (Karlsson), 6:57. 8, St.L, Pietrangelo 2, 15:39. 9, SJ, Karlsson 3 (Tierney), 16:28. Penalties—Ward, SJ (delay of game), 3:48; Schwartz, StL (trip), 7:07; Stastny, StL (trip), 10:51; Gunnarsson, StL, major (fighting), 17:49; Dillon, SJ, major (fighting), 17:49; Steen, StL, misconduct, 17:49; Wingels, SJ, misconduct, 17:49; Lehtera, StL (slash), 19:20. SOG—St.L 13-9-5—27. SJ 10-8-16—34. PPs—St.L 2 of 4; SJ 0 of 5. Goalies—St.L, Allen 1-0 (34 shots-31 saves). SJ, Jones 10-6 (15-19), Reimer (9:05 second, 8-6).