Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 4/13/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28: Martin Havlat #14 of the Minnesota Wild skates during warm-up prior to their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on December 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Wild defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS Their screams began behind closed doors, deep in the Scottrade Center after a crucial road victory. Not far away, a stunned crowd filed to the exits, silenced after winger Martin Havlat gave the San Jose Sharks reason to celebrate a statement triumph in their cramped locker room. Before their 3-2 double-overtime victory Thursday, not much had gone right for the Sharks against the Blues over the past six months. St. Louis had swept the four-game regular-season series, outscoring them 11-3. San Jose had struggled to assert itself against one of the NHL's biggest surprises, a team that finished a stellar 30-6-5 at home. Some figured Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals would reveal more of the same. Then Havlat's shot streaked past Jaroslav Halak, clinching his second goal of the game, and the series dynamic changed. Suddenly, the second-seeded Blues were given doubt. Is St. Louis, making its first postseason appearance since 2009, prepared for playoff pressure? ...
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