ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks have a two-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final, thanks to a little help from the officials.
Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime to complete the Sharks’ 5-4 victory over the Blues in St. Louis. The goal occurred after officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier moments earlier. Meier knocked a loose puck toward the net, and Gustav Nyquist retrieved it before sending it over to Karlsson for his second goal of the night.
The officials huddled following complaints by the Blues, but the play wasn’t reviewable and the goal stood.
The Blues trailed 2-0 and 3-1, but they owned a 4-3 lead until Logan Couture tied it with 61 seconds left in regulation.
Joe Thornton scored twice and Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose.
David Perron had two goals for the Blues, who will host Game 4 on Friday.