St. Louis claimed Game 1 over San Jose on Sunday, putting the Sharks in an unfamiliar position as far as the 2016 playoffs go: trailing in a series. In the first round San Jose jumped to a 2-0 series edge on Los Angeles en route to claiming that series 4-1. San Jose also got off to a 2-0 start against Nashville in the second round and while the Predators would rally back to extend the series to seven games, at no point did the Predators have the series edge over San Jose.
At the same time, St. Louis has the home ice advantage in this series, so if the Sharks take Game 2, then they will have put themselves in a good place by shifting the onus on the Blues to win at least one game in San Jose. Game 2 will take place on Tuesday. In the meantime, let's further examine Game 1:
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BLUES 2 SHARKS 1 (St. Louis leads 1-0)
The Sharks and Blues traded goals in the first period, but the difference on Sunday was that San Jose outshot St. Louis 16-5 in the second frame, and yet the only player to score in that period was the Blues' Jori Lehtera. His goal proved to be the game-winner.
St. Louis' Brian Elliott went on to save 31 of 32 shots for the second consecutive game. He has a 2.20 GAA and .932 save percentage in 15 starts in the 2016 playoffs.
At the other end of the ice, Martin Jones turned aside 21 of 23 shots. He has a 2.16 GAA and .918 save percentage in 13 games.
David Backes extended his point streak to four games with a goal on Sunday. The Blues forward improved to seven goals and 13 points in 15 contests.
Jaden Schwartz registered an assist on Backes' goal. Schwartz has chipped in an assist in five of his last six contests.
Kevin Shattenkirk also recorded an assist for St. Louis. He has two goals and 11 points in 15 contests.
Tomas Hertl accounted for San Jose's lone goal. He has three goals and six points in 13 games.
Brent Burns assisted on Hertl's marker. That gives the Sharks defenseman four goals and 16 points in 13 contests.
Joe Pavelski registered an assist as well. He now has nine goals and 14 points in 13 games.
Joe Thornton led all forwards with 21:59 minutes of ice time. Despite that he saw his four-game point streak come to an end on Sunday.