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      The Blues fall to the Sharks 4 to 2

      Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. San Jose completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined 16-7.

      St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11. Marty Havlak, Brent Burns and Matt Irwin added goals for the Sharks, who led 3-0 after 22 minutes. Niemi improved to 18-6-6. Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for the Blues. The Sharks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Pavelski and Irwin in a span of 2:56.

      Both came from close range on rebounds of missed shots that deflected off the end boards.