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Brodziak and Brouwer power the Blues to a big Game Four win; Stastny, Allen, Fabbri and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Kyle Brodziak - The Blues' fourth-line centre hadn't recorded a point in the playoffs until he buried a pair of goals in a 6-3 Game Four win at San Jose. His shorthanded marker, to make the score 3-0, really put the Sharks in a hole.

Troy Brouwer - The St. Louis winger added a pair of power play goals, giving him 12 points (7 G, 5 A) in 18 playoff games. His seven playoff goals matches his career playoff total (in 78 games) prior to this year's playoffs.

Paul Stastny - Produced a couple of assists for the Blues in Game Four, giving him 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 18 playoff games.

ZEROES

Patrick Marleau - The Sharks winger failed to generate a single shot attempt in 15:42 of ice time in Game Four.

Martin Jones - After shutouts in three of his previous four games, the Sharks netminder allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting pulled in favour of James Reimer in Game Four.

STANLEY CUP HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY

Chris Tierney - San Jose's second-year centre scored a pair of third period goals, giving him five goals in 16 postseason games, after he scored seven goals in 79 regular-season games.

VITAL SIGNS

Jake Allen - The Blues bucked convention by changing goaltenders, in an effort to shake-up a team that wasn't scoring. Taking over for Brian Elliott, who has a .925 save percentage in the postseason, Allen stopped 31 of 34 shots in a 6-3 Game Four win.

David Backes - St. Louis' captain appeared to suffer an upper-body injury in the first period. He ended up playing just 5:34 in Game Four.

Robby Fabbri - After taking a hard hit from Sharks winger Tommy Wingels, the Blues rookie sat out most of the third period.  He had one assist in the game, but somehow didn't get one when Jori Lehtera put in his rebound for the 2-0 first-period lead.

 

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Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca