San Jose at St. Louis

Elliott leads way, Blues beat Sharks 2-1 in Game 1

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Elliott had another standout game in net, David Backes and Jori Lehtera had goals and the St. Louis Blues opened their first Western Conference final in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Tomas Hertl scored on a first-period deflection for the Sharks, who outshot St. Louis 32-23 but couldn't quite solve Elliott.

The Sharks were the best road team in the NHL in the regular season at 28-10-3, but have dropped four in a row on the road in these playoffs, including all three in the second round against Nashville. They had seven goals in three road losses to the Predators and were 0 for 3 on the power play, which had been a major plus. San Jose had been converting on 33 percent of its power plays in the postseason.

Game 2 is on Tuesday night.

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This story has been corrected to show that Sharks were 0 for 3 on power play instead of 0 for 5.

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Scoreboard
San Jose (0-1)1001
St. Louis  (1-0) «1102
Three Stars
B. Elliott
STL


Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .969
D. Backes
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Lehtera
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:04Power Play - David Backes (7), Tip-In. Assist: Shattenkirk, Schwartz
15:38 - Tomas Hertl (3), Tip-In. Assist: Pavelski, Burns
2ND PERIOD
09:15 - Jori Lehtera (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:56Lehtera, 2 min, Holding
13:56Couture, 2 min, Tripping
17:18Ott, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
08:44Stastny, 2 min, Hooking
11:06Hertl, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
SJ816933
STL115723
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Jones56:58212
Brian Elliott60:00311
Game Information
Attendance - 19483
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Pierre Racicot