Talk about the perfect shot.
Tomas Hertl opened the scoring for the San Jose Sharks in the first period of Game 3, ripping a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle, over the glove of St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott and top corner. Perfect.
The Sharks were able to take advantage of a Blues’ turnover in the neutral zone, as they quickly transitioned the puck to Joe Thornton and then to Joe Pavelski and over to Hertl, who finished the play.
The Sharks and Blues entered this game all tied at 1-1 in the Western Conference Final, after San Jose took Game 2.
The Blues may feel they deserved a better result after the first period of Game 3, outshooting San Jose 9-7. (The Sharks had 23 overall shot attempts, versus 18 for the Blues, as per hockeystats.ca.)