This is what the San Jose Sharks can do when they’re on: Smothering defense, buzzing offense, dominant special teams.
And they were on in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.
The Sharks shut down and shut out the St. Louis Blues, 4-0, as Martin Jones pitched his second shutout of the postseason and Brent Burns scored two power-play goals.
“It’s just about execution. Not getting one the game before was a big difference in the game. We wanted to get one tonight,” said Burns.
It was a humbling effort on special teams for the Blues: They gave up two power-play goals, both with forward Troy Brouwer in the penalty box; and they went 0-for-6 on their own power plays.
The nadir of the Blues’ power-play futility was in the third period, when the Sharks killed off Patrik Marleau’s double-minor for high-sticking Carl Gunnarsson and then killed off a 5-on-3 with Roman Polak and Paul Martin in the penalty box.
The Sharks held a 19-15 shot advantage through two periods.
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