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Sharks’ bad puck luck spoils solid Game 4 from Martin Jones

ST. LOUIS – Sharks goalie Martin Jones expected an early push by the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference final on Friday.

He got it.

But the Sharks still couldn’t stop the onslaught.

St. Louis forward Ivan Barbashev scored just 35 seconds into the contest to set the tone for the Blues, who hung on for a 2-1 win that evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2 heading back to San Jose for Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues, still stinging from a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 3, came out with a jump from the opening whistle.