All that talk of cheap shots, sucker punches, cracked helmets and broken noses stayed behind in St. Louis.
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues know there is far too much at stake in their first-round playoff series to worry about settling scores when the teams resume play in Game 3 on Monday night with the series tied at a game apiece.
''This time of year there's only one payback, win the hockey game,'' Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Sunday. ''That's the only payback. There's no retribution other than play to win. Whistle to whistle. The first team that figures out whistle to whistle in any of these rounds going on right now is probably going to be the winner of each of the series that goes on.''
There was plenty of action after the whistle in St. Louis' 3-0 win in Game 2 that tied the series. There was a second-period fight between the usually peaceful Joe Pavelski of San Jose and Kris Russell of St. Louis and a scrum between Dan Boyle and Alexander Steen late in the third.