Back to San Jose for game five of the Western Conference Finals as the St Louis Blues pay a visit to the SAP Center at San Jose to grapple with the San Jose Sharks.
Jaden Schwartz started a dominant second period with the first of his three goals, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and the Blues moved within one win of the Cup final with a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference final. The Blues got 21 saves from Jordan Binnington in his first playoff shutout and a first-period goal from Oskar Sundqvist to overwhelm the Sharks. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The victory gave the Blues a 3-2 series lead, the closest they've been to making the final since getting there in their first three seasons as the victor of the all-expansion Western Conference.
"For Game 6, the health of the players who didn't play in the third period is going to be topic No. 1", Baker said.
One major concern for the Sharks is the status of star defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was sidelined during part of the third period with an undisclosed injury.
As the injuries pile up for the Sharks and the momentum swings in favour of the Blues, it seems like this series is St. Louis' to lose.
"We're in a good situation right now", said Blues winger Patrick Maroon. By the time Game 1 begins, Chara will have had 13 days off to get healthy. The San Jose Sharks. Game 6 in St. Louis might be the most hard one this franchise has had to play in decades, if not ever.
By the end of Sunday's game, which felt a lot like the end of their season, the San Jose Sharks' bench was depleted.
The Blues needed just 9 seconds to convert on a power play as Bozak's shot found its way through several skates and past Jones to make it 2-0 with 2:07 left in the first. Whether they do or not, this still has the feel of a seven-game series and that could give the Bruins a huge advantage against whoever they face in the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Bruins will be well rested after sweeping their series with the Hurricanes. This a tough offense to keep down two games in a row and we also note that they are 5-1 in their last six games after scoring two goals or less.
Karlsson played only one shift in the final 10 minutes of Game 4, which St. Louis won 2-1 on Friday. In a back-and-forth game that saw the Sharks score with one minute remaining to force overtime, it was a call in the extra frame that left the Blues fuming.
The Blues might have won this series in five games had officials not missed Timo Meier's hand pass that set up Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 3.
Shots were an astounding 20-6 in favor of the Blues in the second period, and the Sharks look like they're toast in this game. "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way. We didn't play aggressive enough in the second period". "Both teams should be playing physical and I think sometimes we've got to let those guys (officials) take care of that stuff when it does happen".
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