Only nine months after the Swedish Erik Karlsson was traded into the San Jose Sharks, Doug Wilson got what he wanted, and an eight-year contract was signed to keep Karlsson in the Sharks camp. A deal valued at $11.5 million per year putting this defenseman now in the ranks of highest-paid NHL players. Just a small shortfall behind Connor McDavid at $12.5 million per year, who is currently the number one in paying terms. Wilson is convinced that he had to have Karlsson signed to his team since he is twice the winner of the Norris Trophy and six-time All-Star. This kind of player is not easy to find.

Karlsson’s Career

Debuting in March 2008 for Frölunda HC in Scandinavium against HV71, scoring not only the winning goal but also recording a time of 8:48 on the ice. That season Frölunda took the Anton Cup home. Always moving up in his game, Karlsson made the regular roster with Frölunda. In December of 2009, he scored his first NHL goal for the Ottawa Binghamton Senators and remained in NHL for the rest of the season. The 2011-2012 season brought him his 100th regular-season NHL point, and he became one of the four Senators players to be in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. He signed a seven-year contract with the Senators in 2012 and won the James Norris Trophy for being the best defenseman in NHL. He remained with the Senators until being traded in 2018 to the San Jose Sharks and scored his first goal for the Sharks in November. Now he is here to stay, and it is a part of the journey which he looks forward to. Karlsson expressed his excitement about the bay area, the people, the fans and the organization.

The Impact on the Sharks

During last season Karlsson suffered from a groin injury which kept him out of several games, and he only played 53 which brought him 45 points from 42 assists and three goals. With his seven-year contract with the Ottawa Senators coming to an end, he could have moved into the position of the league’s marquee free agent but preferred to sign with the Sharks instead. He is adamant that he wants to be part of the future success of the team and winning the Stanley Cup. In May he had to undergo surgery for his groin injury but is expected to make a full recovery before the start of the season and to be ready to be able to deliver a long and successful career at the Sharks.

Playing At a Different Level

Apart from his exceptional level of play, which made him such a wanted player for the Sharks, Karlsson is also known as the kind of player who influences everybody around him and making his fellow teammates better in their own game. It seems that the San Jose Sharks can be pleased with the decision and that fans have much to expect to see from Karlsson.

The 2018/19 St. Louis Blues, an NHL team that was once left for dead, has managed to achieve hockey immortality on Wednesday evening.

The St. Louis Blues Win the Stanley Cup

The Blues managed to complete the longest road back in the history of the NHL with an incredible 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, allowing the team to give the franchise its very first Stanley Cup title in its existence that has been around for the last 52 years.

What’s even more impressive is that the team achieved it uniquely, as they managed to come back from having the fewest points in the NHL on 3 January, to being the most dominant hockey team in the second half of the season.

Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O-Reilly managed to score during the first period of the match for the St. Louis Blues, while Brayden Schenn managed to add an insurance goal during the third period with only 8:35 to go. Zach Sanford, who was raised in the area and even went to Boston College before he left, managed to score the final goal with only 4:38 left on the clock, allowing the team to secure the win fully.

O-Reilly, who was acquired during a trade with Buffalo on 1 July 2018, was the most dependable player on the team throughout the 2018/19 season. Due to his performance and team efforts, he won the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP during the postseason. He stated that it’s like a dream come true to win such an award and he can’t believe that happens.
Jordan Binnington managed to stop the initial 32 shots that he faces which included 12 shots during the first period where the Boston Bruins played solidly and could have easily scored more than once if it was any other goaltender. During the third period, the St. Louis Blues protected a sensational 2-0 lead which looked like it could have been 2-1 if the right pad didn’t stop an incredible shot made by Joakim Nordstrom.

Post-Match Celebrations

Once the final horn went off, the St. Louis Blues was spilt across the ice as they all made their way to Bennington at goal where they engulfed him in a sea of white and blue. Equipment and gear littered the ice while the Blues celebrated joyously. Binnington was the guy who led the line of handshakes after the match, and it started with an extended talk with Zdeno Chara who is the captain of the Boston Bruins.

The Boston Bruins had a total of 22 shots on goal, while the Blues only had a mere eight on goal during the first period. After another two periods, the shot attempts were 40-22 for the Boston Bruins. If goal attempts decided the game, the Boston Bruins should have taken it, but the Blues kept secure and kept the Bruins from scoring.

There was never any doubt that the ice hockey series would be a long one. Following their laid egg in Game 3, the Blues managed to bounce back with a phenomenal 4-2 victory in Game 4 that saw the home crowd sing, Gloria, while the Stanley Cup Final clash against the Bruins were tied with two games on either side. With that in mind, let’s take an in-depth look at the action that unfolded in Game 4.

St. Louis Blues vs Boston Bruins – Game 4

Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins goalie, stated that the St. Louis Blues were more desperate on Monday evening and he is probably spot on with that statement. The St. Louis Blues managed to benefit from some clever line-up manoeuvring that saw Vince Dunn make his debut in the Stanley Cup Final after recovering from injury along with Zach Sanford that provided a decent boost on the 2nd line. Both these players helped with the first goal as the team scored just 43 seconds into the game thanks to Ryan O’Reilly.

They also managed to weather some Boston attacks which included a short-handed goal. If you are interested in criticizing something about the St. Louis game, you will find plenty of things when you take a closer look at their power play, which was quite challenging to watch. Towards the end, it was Ryan O’Reilly that managed to score once again to ensure they win the game. The veteran centre buzzed all night even though he only had three playoff goals when he entered the match.

The St. Louis Blues, with new and improved discipline, have now managed to score a goal in the opening two minutes of a match a total of 6 times during the playoffs. They are now 5-0 to date. By the way, Rask looked quite vulnerable during the game for the first time in a long time. This was the first time he managed to allow three goals in regulation following the second round when they faced Columbus. The Blues and Jordan Binnington proved once again that they are the rulers of the ice when rebounding from a defeat in the postseason.

The Stars of the Evening

St. Louis Blues – Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly managed to achieve something that only three other players have accomplished in the past, score a goal during the opening minute and to later score a goal to win the same game during a Stanley Cup Final match. The other players include Sid Smith, Bernie Geoffrion, and Fernando Pisani.

St. Louis Blues – Alex Pietrangelo: The captain managed to include himself on two assists and was only 23 seconds short of playing a mind-blowing 30 minutes while taking on 34 shifts.

St. Louis Blues – Zach Sanford: Sanford managed to play so well in Game 3 that the coach promoted him to the 2nd line in Game 4. He managed to add a nice boost in Game 4 that certainly helped.

Ice hockey is considered a team sport with a total of 3 variations where two opposing ice hockey teams can have six players on either side. These players will use a wooden stick that comes with a long pole or a curved end along with a long slasher that looks like a blade towards the end of the stick. This is used to move a puck around on the ice playing area. At either end of the playing field, you will find a net that is always guarded by a goalie.

The three variations of hockey include ice hockey, bandy hockey, and field hockey. Bandy and ice hockey are both played on ice, while field hockey is usually performed on exclusive turf or grass. Ice and bandy hockey utilize sticks with much longer slasher blades to move the puck. The players also wear protective gear and skates. You can score a goal when the puck hits the back of the net after you hit it with a hockey stick past the goalie.

Origins of Hockey

In the modern era, hockey has managed to evolve over the last few centuries from several new adaptations. In the book ‘The Origin of Hockey’, published by Carl Giden, a Swedish sports historian, and Patrick Houda, you will find a chronology of event based on how hockey originated, especially ice hockey in particular. The chronology focuses on three primary countries, including the United States, Ireland, and Scotland.

1607 – 1908

The first ice hockey form started in Scotland during the winter of 1607/08. The earliest hockey form that was played in the country was called shinty, and it was played on ice. David Calderwood, a theologian and historian from Scotland, managed to write an article on this ice hockey version called shinty. In the Scottish National Dictionary, you will also find that shinty has other names, including chamie or chamaire.


During 1740, Reverend John O’Rourke, an Irish minister, wrote several passages that were published in a newspaper. The passages referred to a game of ice hockey that was enjoyed on the frozen River Shannon. The game was christened informally as a hurling match, and it seemed like crowds of spectators enjoyed it.

1745 – 1809

During 1836, George Penny, a Scottish historian and journalist, wrote an article that was based on the narration of his father in terms of how shinty used to be played between 1745 and 1809, occurring on the ice or streets by boys in an aggressive manner.


The book called On the Origin of Hockey made references to occurrences that took place in Paisley in 1803 in Scotland. Two teenagers played an early version of shinty on ice, and one of them drowned due to the ice that managed to cave in.


Canada is a country that is most associated with ice hockey, where it became a professional sport. The sport initially gained popularity during 1872. In 1875, James Creighton moved to Montreal and organized a public exhibition of ice hockey.

The San Jose Sharks are yet again on the brink of elimination. On the other hand, the St. Louis Blues are one victory away from securing their first appearance in a Stanley Cup final since 1970 which was their third year since their inception.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most recent match between the Jan Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues and see what happened between these two phenomenal ice hockey teams.

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues

The San Jose Sharks managed to start the game actively and had a couple of early looks. However, when things took a turn for the worse, the Sharks were unable to get one in while the St. Louis Blues – considered the best team on the ground during the playoffs, currently 7-2 away from home – managed to capitalize.

The Blues managed to increase the heat during the second period, outsmarting and outshooting the San Jose Sharks by 20-6. The Blues have now managed to outscore the Sharks 7-1 since the hand pass play that led to end Game 3.

Peter DeBoer, the San Jose Sharks’ head coach, admitted that his team ultimately lost their composure during the third period. This is especially true when Joe Pavelski received a high hit that saw him exit the match. Pavelski was one of four Sharks players that were sent to the locker room before the final whistle went off, including Tomas Hertl, the second-leading scorer for the team, and Erik Karlsson.

Noteworthy Players From the Match

St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz: Jaden didn’t receive the regular season he wished for, only scoring 11 goals which were half of his 2017/18 season. Thankfully, he is making up for it with a significant postseason. After scoring his second hat-trick during the postseason, he currently boasts with 12 goals out of 18 matches. This makes Jaden the third player in the history of the NHL to accumulate more goals during the postseason when compared to the regular season. The other two players include Marian Gaborik during the 2013/14 season and Claude Lemieux during the 1996/97 season.

St. Louis Blues – Vladimir Tarasenko: There were several speculations in the early stages of the playoffs that Tarasenko was not engaged enough. He is considered one of NHL’s purest goal scorers and eventually become engaged. He became the first player in the history of St. Louis Blues to score a penalty shot during the playoffs and accumulated a further two assists to extend his streak to a total of 5 matches.

St. Louis Blues – Jordan Binnington: Binnington managed to post his first postseason shutout when he managed to stop all 21 shots along with a 7th playoff win on the road. This matches the likes of Matt Murray as the second most wins by a goalie in the history of the NHL as a rookie. Only Ron Hextall had more during the 1987 season.

The St. Louis Blues is back on par, providing an extraordinary performance that reminded everyone of the team that rolled through Dallas and Winnipeg on their way to the Western Conference final. Following their incredible 4-2 victory, the series is currently tied at 1-1 with the Sharks from San Jose.

If you didn’t have time to watch the game, don’t worry as we are here to give you all the necessary details that went down in Game 2.

St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

What exactly is it about the San Jose Sharks and even-numbered matches? The Sharks, in odd-numbered events, are 8-1 along with a plus-14 goal differential during the postseason. However, in even-numbered matches, the Sharks are 1-6 along with a minus-13 goal differential.

This trend went on during Game 2 while playing against the St. Louis Blues. However, there’s no denying that the Blues ensured it with far better puck control, an incredible bounce-back performance by Jordan Binnington as a goaltender, and offensive contributions from several key players.

Key Players from Game 2

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Bortuzzo – The defenseman for the Blues only played in 8 of the 15 playoff matches and hasn’t been able to score a goal in the last 30 postseason matches. However, in Game 2, he managed to score the game winner, and it is now widely known as the hardest backhands that have been seen in a very long time.

San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture – The leading scorer in the playoffs managed to do it again in Game 2, attempting to single-handedly put the Sharks in the lead with two short-handed goals during the second period. He currently boasts with 13 goals and a total of 19 points to lead everyone is scoring.

St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Binnington – With a total of 24 saves, Binnington is currently 10-2-0 following a defeat this season., with a .934 save percentage along with a 1.80 goals-against average.

Play of the Night

The St. Louis Blues’ fourth goal was something that needs to be seen on YouTube or any social media channel that recorded the game. It was a thing of beauty when Alexander Steen made a no-look, spinning pass to Oskar Sundqvist to score a phenomenal goal.

Dud of the Evening

Every single Shark forward in the match. The offence of the San Jose Sharks was a complete dud during Game 2 which included a 0-for-2 evening when it came to the power play. Kevin Labanc was at minus-3, while Tomas Hertl didn’t have a single shot on goal even though he is considered the best scorer during the playoffs, especially when he is playing at home.

The San Jose Sharks didn’t have their heads in the game, giving the St. Louis Blues loads of opportunities to score goals and primarily skate around a team that didn’t have a fantastic, to begin with. This left the Sharks to continue struggling during the playoffs.

You might be someone that wonders just how much one of your favourite hockey players make each season or perhaps how much they are worth? It’s for this very reason that we decided to create a list of the wealthiest hockey players in 2019 to give you an idea of how much these players take home after spending time on the ice.

Wayne Gretzky – Net Worth of $200 million

Wayne Gretzky is a former Canadian professional hockey player as well as a former coach. He managed to play in more than 20 seasons within the NHL and is often referred to as the greatest hockey player of all time. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that he is the wealthiest hockey player in the world at the moment.

Mario Lemieux – Net Worth of $150 million

Mario Lemieux is a former Canadian professional hockey player and is the current owner of the prestigious Pittsburgh Penguins team. During his career, he was considered one of the best hockey players in the world and managed to reach a net worth of over $150 million as of 2019.

Pavel Bure – Net Worth of $70 million

Pavel Bure is a retired Russian professional hockey player that enjoyed playing in the right wing position during his hockey career. He played in a total of 12 NHL seasons with three different teams, including the Florida Panthers, the New York Rangers, and the Vancouver Canucks.

Chris Pronger – Net Worth of $65 million

Chris Pronger is a former Canadian professional hockey player and is currently the senior advisor when it comes to hockey operations for the brilliant Florida Panthers team. During 2014, Pronger inked a contract to help the Player Safety Division of the NHL.

Alexander Ovechkin – Net Worth of $60 million

Alexander Ovechkin also referred to as ‘Ovi’ or ‘The Great Eight’, is a professional hockey player from Russia and is currently the captain and winger for the Washington Capitals within the NHL. He is already considered to be one of the best ice hockey players in the world and is also the 5th most productive hockey player in 2019.

Jerome Iginla – Net Worth of $60 million

Jerome Iginla is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He managed to play in more than 1,500 matches within the NHL for a wide variety of ice hockey teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, the Calgary Flames, the Colorado Avalanche, the Boston Bruins, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Joe Sakic – Net Worth of $60 million

Joe Sakic is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player and is currently an executive. He managed to play his entire ice hockey career of 21 years with the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise. He is also observed as one of the most popular ice hockey players in the world.

Joe Thornton – Net Worth of $60 million

Joe Thornton is a professional hockey player from Canada and also the San Jose Sharks captain. He received the Hart Memorial and Art Ross trophies as the leading point-scorer in the league.

As they were trailing during the second period and in critical danger from going down to 2-0 within the series, Jared Bednar, the head coach for the Colorado Avalanche, decided to put his top three scorers back on a line and eventually enjoyed the results he wanted.

Gabriel Landeskog managed to score his very first goal, and the hustle from Mikko Rantanen assisted in creating the tiebreaking score from Tyson Barrie which allowed the Colorado Avalanche team to celebrate a 4-3 victory against on Sunday evening the San Jose Sharks. This managed to tie the second-round series with a game each.

Match Analysis Between for Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Landeskog were reunited early on during the second period and assisted in providing goals in both the 1st and 4th shifts which managed to turn the tide in the direction of Colorado that experienced a 5-2 defeat during the opener.

Rantanen stated that they didn’t have much going for them during the first period and wanted to switch things up to see if it would make a difference. Thankfully, the team got an early goal which allowed them to push forward without any changes.

Matt Nieto, the former player for the Sharks, managed to score during the 3rd period, while MacKinnon managed to add an empty-netter which provided Colorado with its 3rd win in the last 24 matches in San Jose. Philipp Grubauer made a total of 31 saves. The third match will occur in Denver on Tuesday evening.

Match Analysis Between for San Jose Sharks

Evander Kane managed to score a goal for the San Jose Sharks, while Brent Burns impressed his team by scoring twice, who has managed to win a total of 4 consecutive games. Martin Jones made a total of 28 saves.

The Colorado Avalanche managed to successfully turn things around due to their impressive top line that has been extremely dangerous throughout the season this year. Landeskog managed to get to the front of the net where he deflected a point shot from Tyson Barrie straight past Jones to get the equalizer halfway through the second period.

Once the equalizer occurred, everything was going well for Colorado, and the trio assisted in delivering a few shifts after that. Rantanen managed to race past Marc-Edouard Vlasic to create a perfect scoring opportunity for Colorado. Jones managed to make a sensational stop over Landeskog from close range, but unfortunately, the puck went out to Tyson Barrie in the faceoff circle where he defeated Jones with an incredible shot to the corner, giving Colorado a remarkable 2-1 lead.

Match Notes

Rantanen and Mackinnon managed to extend their point streaks to a total of 6 games. This is considered the first time a player from Colorado Avalanche had managed to achieve it in the postseason since 2004 when Peter Forsberg boasted with a 7-gamer. Both F Joonas Donskoi and Joe Pavelski from the San Jose Sharks remained side-lined.

The Calgary Flames managed to climb to the top this season in the Western Conference, while the Colorado Avalanche nearly missed qualification when it came to the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. So to see who will win the series, we decided to break it down for you.

How Each Team Arrived Here

The Calgary Flames didn’t make the playoffs in the previous season after making the playoffs during the 2016/17 season for one important reason, offence. The Flames had a goal per game average of 2.63, placing them 27th in the NHL. Therefore, Brad Treliving, the General Manager of the Flames, decided to go to work. He decided to fire Glen Gulutzan as a coach and hired Bill Peters from Carolina. He also made significant trades, moving Michael Ferland and Dougie Hamilton for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin. He also signed James Neal and Derek Ryan. These changes, along with Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau, assisted the Flames to be the third-best in the league when it came to offence.

The Colorado Avalanche had a far more complicated route to the playoffs where they clinched the wild-card spot within the last few days of the NHL regular season. They achieved it with Philipp Grubauer as their goalie who they acquired from the Capitals last summer. Although depth is not something that can be associated with the Avalanche team, they did impress with one of the best lines in the league when they are healthy and working together. However, do they have enough to eliminate the Flames when they face each other?


There’s no denying that Giordano is among the favourite to take home the Norris Trophy after a phenomenal season that saw him score a total of 17 goals, accumulates 74 points, and provides a plus-39 rating. He is currently paired with T.J Brodie. Hanifin and Travis Hamonic is essentially the other duo. However, then things start getting a little thin with Dalton Prout, Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson, and Oscar Fantenberg in the mix. The Colorado Avalanche boast with Tyson Barrie, accumulating 59 points in only 78 matches during the NHL regular season. He is coupled with Nikita Zadorov impressing with a plus-19 regular season. Erik Johnson is regarded as the leader when it comes to ice time, skating with Samuel Girard, while Patrik Nemeth and Ian Cole make up the rest of the group.


Since 21 March, Rantanen has been skating for the team in a non-contact team jersey this week. However, it seems like he will be answering the bell for the first game this week. The Colorado Flames are extremely healthy. Therefore, the advantage is given to them if Rantanen makes his return.


The Avalanche remain in it with Grubauer. However, the offence of the Flames will prove too much to control in the game. Thankfully, Cale Makar as the number 1 prospect when it comes to hockey, along with the lottery pick in Ottawa means that they will go for a loaded season next year.

The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will face each other in a match that will undoubtedly go down as one of the best games in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. The only question is, who is going to win the match? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the upcoming game.

How Did these Two Teams Get Here?

The San Jose Sharks didn’t achieve it until September, landing the NHL offseason prize in Erik Karlsson, providing them with two elite offensive blueliners in the league as well as Brent Burns. The 34-year-old defenseman joined an experienced team that were built to reach the playoffs this season, thanks to players like Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Evander Kane, and Joe Pavelski. During the trade deadline, the team also acquired Gustav Nyquist, allowing the Sharks to finish in second place for the season. The only problem is that the Sharks were considered the worst team when it came to saving percentage, and in-team, the defence were ranked 21st.

The Vegas Golden Knights were directly behind the Sharks who were considered the expansion darlings last season which managed to be defeated in the Stanley Cup final. The Golden Knights made a few significant upgrades during the offseason when they obtained Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Paul Stastny. However, due to accidental injuries to vital players, expected regression, and inconsistent play, the Vegas Golden Knights, were left in 3rd place within the Pacific Division.


The Vegas Golden Knights will return with most of the players that assisted them during the postseason, including Cody Eakin, Ryan Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and Alex Touch. The San Jose Sharks boast with players like Melker Karlsson, Barclay Goodrow, Joe Thornton, Kevin Labanc, and Marcus Sorensen. This will make the advantage a tie.


Burns was considered the best offensive defenseman in the league, producing 300 goal shots and skating for more than 25 minutes a game for the Sharks. He will be going up against none other than Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Karlsson will skate with Justin Bruan, Joakim Ryan, and Brenden Dillion. The Vegas Golden Knights will return with the same group as the previous season, including Nick Holden, Shea Theodore, Brayden McNabb, Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, and Nate Schmidt. This will give the Sharks the advantage.


San Jose will be at full strength for the match once Meier returns. However, there’s going to be concerned regarding the effectiveness of injured players, such as Pavelski and Karlsson. The Knights are also going to be at full strength for the game without Erik Haula. This will be another advantage for the Sharks in the game.


This is going to be one hell of a match. Both teams have managed to make a few significant upgrades to their teams and its highly possible that the series will be determined by whoever wins this match. It’s going to be a perfect match game with plenty up for a stake at the end.