St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie (74) passes the puck around San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) during the third period of game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson
(KSDK Sports) - Don't be surprised to see your co-workers looking a tad bit more tired than usual Friday morning. The Central Division champion Blues won't get underway till 9:30 CST, tonight from San Jose.
The Blues lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1 and the big story today is that the Blues have regained the home ice advantage after beating the Sharks in Game 3 Monday night, ensuring that the series will return back to St. Louis on Saturday.
Tonight the Blues will look to take a commanding 3 -1 lead, allowing them to push the Sharks to the brink of elimination in their home ice at Scottrade.
It will be Brian Elliott in goal for the Blues. Elliott took over in net after Jaroslov Halak suffered an injury during the second period of Game 2. But Elliott and Halak are more than a 1-2 goal tending tandem. More like a 1 and 1A, so the Blues remain confident that they have the edge in the net.
When Elliott had to come in after the Halak injury, the Blues continued they're strong play tying up the series. Elliott followed up with 26 saves in Monday's 4-3 win at HP Pavilion. Two of the goals came in the final 3:02 after the Blues had taken control of the game. Patrik Berglund, Jason Arnott and Alex Steen all connected on the power play, while Andy McDonald scored for the second consecutive game to pace the offense.