ST. LOUIS (AP) — The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in the Western Conference final. The Sharks take a 3-2 series lead back to San Jose for Game 6. Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist.

Joel Ward also scored twice including one of two empty-netters in the final minute for San Jose. Joe Thornton had three assists.

Pavelski leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has three two-goal games, one in each series. The Sharks' captain added an assist and is tied with teammate Logan Couture for the postseason points lead, each with a franchise-record 21 points.

The Sharks can advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in team history with a victory Wednesday night at home.

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