Banged up Sharks rack up injuries in Game 5

Banged up Sharks rack up injuries in Game 5

The Western Conference Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been a war.

It's a trophy the Sharks have never won, either, despite San Jose compiling over the last 15 seasons far more wins than any other National Hockey League team.

From last in the league in early January all the way to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in almost a half-century, it has been quite a ride for the St. Louis Blues. "You really do. As much as we had to move on from that Game 3 loss we have to move on from last night's win". He became the first Blues player in team history to successfully score a penalty shot in the playoffs, and tacked on two more assists to extend his point streak to five games. "It's something that everyone's worked for and dreamed about". This time it was Oskar Sundqvist at 5:50 after Ivan Barbashev made it 1-0 at the 35-second mark in Game 4.

The Sharks weren't close to the Blues on Sunday.

It was a a rather dominant second straight victory for the Blues too, as they throttled the Sharks 5-0 in San Jose.

In Game 7 against Colorado, a coach's challenge from San Jose resulted in Colorado's apparent game-tying goal in the second period being overturned.

Pavelski was one of four players - which also included the hobbled Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl, the team's second-leading goal scorer - who ended up in the locker room before the final whistle.


Everything fell apart. They got lit up for five goals (three from Jaden Schwartz), were outshot 30-8 during the meat of the game and didn't have the players left to mount any sort of counter attack that didn't involve trying to punch someone in the mouth.

The way everything had been falling their way in these playoffs - the calls, the breaks, the miraculous comebacks - the Sharks looked like a team of destiny that was going to ride their divine intervention until they ran out of challengers.

"We're still alive", San Jose centre Logan Couture said. Now they must prepare for an elimination game on the road. Martin Jones didn't stand a chance.

A performance like that now looks beyond Jones, who has been badly outperformed the last two games by St. Louis rookie Jordan Binnington and handed the puck to Schwartz on his first goal Sunday. San Jose has been skating like someone poured cement in their skates and they've been totally disorganized all over the ice.

"We're in a good situation right now", said Blues winger Patrick Maroon. "Great shot by Vlady (Tarasenko) and Patty (Maroon) got a tip". Schwartz now has as many post-season games as he did during the regular season, eleven, with two hat tricks so far.

A hand pass, unseen by the referees, gifted the San Jose Sharks the overtime game victor in Game 3 over the St. Louis Blues.

Karlsson appeared bothered by his already injured groin and the star blue-liner's ice time diminished as the game wore on. "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way". Later on, Haley was given a game misconduct for going after Pietrangelo. "You're never comfortable when your back's against the wall like that, but we have been here before and found a way and I'm confident we can do that again".

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