ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- A victory seemed unlikely for the St. Louis Blues, but not as unlikely as rookie defenseman Bryce Salvador scoring the game-winner.
After tying it in the final three minutes of regulation, the Blues recorded a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks 9:54 into overtime when Salvador scored his first career postseason goal.
Salvador scored on a slap shot, giving the Blues a three games to two lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series, which continues Saturday in San Jose.
"We have the momentum now, going back to San Jose, and we just want to keep playing the way we were playing in the third period," Salvador said. "The guys were playing with a lot of determination and a lot of grit."
Pierre Turgeon won a controversial faceoff, drawing the puck back to Salvador, who one-timed the sliding disc over rookie goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's glove from the top of the left circle.
"In overtime, it might be the fluky bounce," Salvador said. "It might go off somebody. You just try to put the puck on the net and are hoping for the best."
San Jose center Mike Ricci complained afterward that the puck was dropped too close to Turgeon on the faceoff that led to the game-winner.
The goal was Salvador's first since January 10 and third in 80 NHL contests. He played 15 postseason games over three years in the American Hockey League without scoring a goal.
"It's great to see Sal get the goal -- the biggest goal of his career -- and it's big for us," Blues right wing Scott Mellanby said.
Turgeon also set up the equalizer with 2:48 left in regulation, skating around the right circle and behind the net before having his wraparound deflect off Sharks captain Owen Nolan to Dallas Drake in the slot for a one-timer.
"He has had a great playoff," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said of Drake. "And it was nice to see him get rewarded with a big goal at the end of time."
"He had a jump on our 'D,' so that's why I crashed down," Nolan said of Turgeon. "But he ended up dishing it to my man."
Turgeon also took a puck to the face and had a pair of assists to up his series-leading point total to nine.
"Turge might have played his best game of the year tonight," Quenneville said. "Getting hit and he only missed part of a shift, and he was outstanding."
Scott Young also scored for the Blues, who are trying to avenge last season's opening-round seven-game loss to the Sharks. They have not made it past the second round since 1986.
"The fourth one is the hardest one to win," Turgeon said. "It's going to be a battle for the next one."
San Jose has not made it to the conference finals in five playoff appearances.
"We went through a lot of challenges this year," Sharks left wing Stephane Matteau said. "This is one of them. It's a big one and we have to win Saturday, otherwise our season will be over."
Kiprusoff made 34 saves in his second NHL playoff game. He won his debut, 3-2, on Tuesday, playing in place of flu-ridden rookie Evgeni Nabokov.
"I do not know if I will play, but I am ready to play some more," Kiprusoff said.
Young opened the scoring 7:07 into the first period, snapping a shot past Kiprusoff from the high slot for his second goal of the series.
But Kiprusoff did not get rattled. The Finnish netminder stopped Young on a breakaway with 11:52 left in the opening period, 46 seconds before Matteau tied it.
Matteau ended a 54-game postseason goalless drought, stepping across the blue line before putting a wrist shot under Roman Turek's left leg.
Selanne assisted on both Sharks' goals for his first two points of the series.
The Blues closed the second period and opened the third on a power play but failed to tie it. They went 0-for-5 while the Sharks were 0-for-4.
"Special teams are still critical," Quenneville said.
St. Louis had a 10-3 advantage in shots in the third period and finally tied it on Drake's series-leading fourth goal. He also fanned on a shot from the left hashmark as the clock ran out in regulation.
"I'm never offensive first option," said Drake, who had 12 goals in 82 games during the season. "I just try to create things. Right now, the puck is there. I'm walking on to the play and they're going in. But don't ever accuse me of being a goal-scorer."