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.