Evgeni Nabokov

Jones' 2nd shutout gives Sharks 2-1 series lead over Blues

For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have often come down to running into a streaky goaltender at the wrong time, it must be nice to have the goalie making all the stops.

Martin Jones made 22 saves in his second straight shutout and Tomas Hertl scored twice to give the Sharks a series lead for the first time in four trips to the Western Conference final with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 on Thursday night.

"He's the backbone of our team," forward Joe Thornton said of Jones. "When he's on, we feel like we can't be beat. ... He's just such a big guy, such a calm goalie. We love playing in front of this guy. We honestly believe that he's...