San Jose won 4-1 (Game 4 of 5)

San Jose won 4-1

Game 1: Thursday, April 8th
Game 2: Saturday, April 10th
Game 3: Monday, April 12th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 13th
Game 5: Thursday, April 15th

Sharks 4


Blues 3


8:00 PM ET, April 13, 2004

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 14
STL 1 0 23

A. Korolyuk (Sharks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Thornton (Sharks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Sillinger (Blues - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

San Jose at at Louis 8:00 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Mike Sillinger and the ST. Louis Blues try to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the San Jose Sharks when they meet Tuesday night at the Savvis Center.

Sillinger, acquired March 4 from the Phoenix Coyotes, had scored just five career playoff goals and none since 2000 when he was with the Florida Panthers. But the veteran center, who has played with 10 teams, recorded a hat trick to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win on Monday.

It was the first hat trick for Sillinger, who helped the Blues avoid losing the first three games of a series for the first time since the 1994 Western Conference quarterfinals.

"My little boys said they wanted me to score a hat trick, and my wife said if he ever gets a hat trick we will fill the house with balloons," Sillinger said Monday. "I guess we'll be filling the house with balloons."

The win came after the St. Louis had mustered just an unassisted goal by Doug Weight in losing the first two games.

The Sharks will look to regroup quickly and improve play in their own zone. They allowed Sillinger to score twice on breakaways and were outshot, 25-8, through 40 minutes.


San Jose - Patrick Marleau, three goals, 10 shots in series.

St. Louis - Sillinger recorded a hat trick Monday.


San Jose - Jonathan Cheechoo, one point in series.

St. Louis - Pavol Demitra, eight shots on goal, no goals in series.

STREAKS: St. Louis has won five of eight home playoff games vs. the Sharks.

HISTORY: San Jose has dropped eight of its last 12 postseason road games.


San Jose - Marleau, three goals; Damphousse, three assists.

St. Louis - Sillinger three goals; Dallas Drake, Keith Tkachuk, Christian Backman, Eric Weinrich, Osgood one assist.


San Jose - Alyn McCauley (hand); Marco Sturm (broken leg and dislocated ankle); Scott Parker (hand).

St. Louis - Al MacInnis (torn left retina); Barret Jackman (dislocated left shoulder); Jeff Finley (shoulder); Alex Khavanov (foot).