Sharks close in on maiden Stanley Cup final

The San Jose Sharks edged closer to a first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance as Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward lifted them to a 6-3 victory over the St Louis Blues.

Pavelski levelled matters deep into the second period and then scored the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third to put the Sharks on their way to a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final.

They twice had to come from behind, however. Despite taking the lead through Marc-Edouard Vlasic, goals from Jaden Schwartz and Troy Brouwer gave St Louis the upper in hand in game five.

Ward got on the scoresheet in the second period and although Robby Fabbri restored the Blues’ advantage, Pavelski’s double, which took his tally in the play-offs to 12 goals, changed the complexion of the game.

Chris Tierney and Ward netted late on to add gloss to the scoreline and San Jose can now close out a victory in front of their home fans on Wednesday.