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Burns Powers Sharks past Blues in Game 2

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Defenseman Tallies Two Power-Play Goals in 4-0 Win to Even Series

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ST. LOUIS-Coming into the Western Conference Final, one of the keys for both the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues was going to be the play of their number one defenseman.

In Game 1, San Jose’s Brent Burns committed a key turnover that led to the game-winning goal for Alex Pietrangelo‘s Blues. In Game 2, Burns redeemed himself in a big way.

Burns scored two power-play goals to help lead the Sharks to a 4-0 win over the Blues and tie their Conference Final series at 1-1.

San Jose looked to jump on the home team early and did just that 2:07 into the game when forward Tommy Wingels scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

The Sharks would take that 1-0 advantage into the second period. 7:04 into the middle frame, Burns would convert on the man-advantage for his fifth tally of the postseason to double San Jose’s lead.

St. Louis would enter the third period down by two goals, but pushed to get back into it. However, penalties proved to be their undoing as Burns netted his second power-play goal of the game with 8:02 remaining to pretty put the game away for the Sharks.

Veteran forward Dainius Zubrus salted the game away for San Jose when he scored an empty-net goal with 18.4 seconds left to get his first of the playoffs and seal the Sharks’ 4-0 victory.

Netminder Martin Jones made 26 saves for the visitors to get his second career playoff shutout.

For St. Louis, it was the first time since the first round of the 2001 playoffs that they had been shutout in a postseason game.

San Jose now heads back home for games 3 and 4 with the series tied 1-1. Despite falling 4-0 in Game 2, the Blues may feel a bit lucky to head out to the West Coast with the series tied as the Sharks have dominated most of the play through the first two games.

Game 3 will be Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose (9 PM ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).d

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