Elliott and Halak combined for a shutout, the Sharks put themselves in an early hole when Marc-Edouard Vlasic tapped the puck into his own net, and the Blues tied the first-round series at a game apiece with a 3-0 victory Saturday night.
Elliott made the final 17 saves after Halak left with an undisclosed lower-body injury early in the second period.
“The adrenaline kind of takes over, you forget about your body and just go out there and play,” Elliott said. “You prepare every game like you’re going to play, it’s not like I was nonchalant before the game.
Coach Ken Hitchcock was just as proud that his team held its own in a game that turned feisty at the finish. Blues defenseman Roman Polak and Sharks defenseman Justin Braun tangled and the ice was littered with gloves and sticks.
“Teams like San Jose, Detroit, Chicago, they play right through you, and if you don’t push back you get pushed out the back door,” Hitchcock said. “I was proud of our team that we fought back. If we didn’t, this was going to be a short series.”
Sharks coach Todd McLellan accused Sobotka of delivering a “sucker punch” to Dominic Moore after the final horn.
“If you’re talking about the instigator, the sucker punch, the blow to the head, the broken nose, what do you think I thought about it?” McLellan said. “It’s everything we want to get out of the game.”
–Games 3 and 4 are in San Jose on Monday and Thursday nights.–
[via Associated Press]
Video: Joe Pavelski vs Kris Russell from the San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues game
Video: Dominic Moore vs Vladimir Sobotka, Justin Braun vs Roman Polak and Douglas Murray vs Barret Jackman from the San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues game