Watch Sharks' Dylan Gambrell score clutch first NHL goal in Game 6

Marcus White
NBC Sports BayArea

Watch Sharks' Dylan Gambrell score clutch first NHL goal in Game 6 originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

Dylan Gambrell's first NHL goal came at a big time. 

The Sharks' rookie center cut the St. Louis Blues' lead in half during the second period of Game 6 of the Western Conference final on Tuesday. Gambrell hauled in a stretch pass from Joonas Donskoi seconds after San Jose goaltender Martin Jones denied St. Louis forward Patrick Maroon on an odd-man rush. 

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Tuesday night's contest at Enterprise Center marked Gambrell's 13th combined regular-season and playoff game in the NHL, and his first since he suited up in Game 1 of the Sharks' second-round series with the Colorado Avalanche. Gambrell drew into San Jose's lineup because captain Joe Pavelski -- a game-time decision -- could not suit up. 

Gambrell had never scored in an NHL game, and had not scored an AHL goal since April 17. That was Game 1 of the San Jose Barracuda's Calder Cup playoff first-round series with the San Diego Gulls.

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Tuesday's stage was just a bit bigger, with the Sharks facing elimination in their best-of-seven series. Brayden Schenn doubled the Blues' lead once more with St. Louis' second power-play goal late in the second period. 

If Gambrell's first goal is going to be a happy memory, the Sharks have their work cut out for them.

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