ST. LOUIS – Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at the Enterprise Center on Wednesday.
Timo Meier shot, and after deflecting the Blues defender Colton Parayko, Meier got the record Gustav Nyquist, which passed to Karlsson for its second goal of the game.
The game was not subject to video review.
"I haven't really seen it," Karlsson said when asked if he saw a hand pass from Meier. "I thought [Gustav] I had right in front of the net there, and I simply kept myself available."
Said Blues coach Craig Berube: "It's hard to lose in overtime, the playoffs, at any time. You have to move on. The team has to move on. We all have to go ahead and get ready for Game 4 Really, that's all you can do : we played a solid hockey game, but we were on the losing side, and there is nothing we can do about what happened, we just have to keep going ".
Logan Couture scored for the sharks with 1:01 left in the third period to tie 4-4.
San Jose took command of the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is in St. Louis on Friday.
Joe Thornton had two goals and an assist for the sharks, e Martin Jones made 28 save.
David Perron scored two goals, Parayko had three assists and Jordan Binnington made 27 save for St. Louis.
The Blues has met twice from two networks. They fell behind 2-0 in the first period and 3-1 at the beginning of the second.
Alexander Steen scored for St. Louis at 1:18 of a second to make it 2-1, but Thornton scored his second of the game 18 seconds later to make it 3-1 to 1:36.
It was Thornton's first multigoal game in the NHL playoffs in his 176th game.
"This guy is one of the greatest players of all time, and I know he wasn't happy with his last game, and this is an answer you get from a Hall of Fame player," said San's coach Jose Peter DeBoer. "I would not have had the chance to win without him, the character and the answer, the leadership."
The Blues scored the next three goals. Vladimir Tarasenko came 3-2 at 4:05 before Perron tied him for 3-3 at 16:03 and brought the Blues 4-3 lead at 18:42 with the first St. Louis power-play goal in nine games.
Karlsson scored his first goal in 32 games and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 13:37 in the first period. It has not marked since December 29, 2018.
"We've held on today," Karlsson said. "They fought a little harder than we did, we didn't make it, I think we had a good first period and then we got out of the gas a little."
Thornton scored at 16:58 to make it 2-0 after winning a loose record in the Blues area.
Defender of St. Louis Vince Dunn left the game in the first period after being hit in the mouth by a Brenden Dillon shot.
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