Sharks, Blues confident, and even, heading into Game 5

Sharks, Blues confident, and even, heading into Game 5

Sharks, Blues confident, and even, heading into Game 5

That's when St. Louis turned this otherwise closely contested series into a 20-minute mismatch en route to a 5-0 victory and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final.

St. Louis used a relentless forecheck to take control of the game and series in the second period, getting the two goals and out shooting the beleaguered Sharks 20-6 during the frame.

Lost in the sea of battered Sharks was Jaden Schwartz's hat trick, his second of the playoffs.

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.

Additionally, Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi also exited Game 5 with injuries, leaving the Sharks with an extremely spacious bench down the stretch.

If you are a St. Louis Blues fan, are reading this and do not know the outcome of Game 5 then I'm not sure what you're doing with your life, but it must be amazingly busy.

Grabbing the win was Jordan Binnington, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 10-7 with a 2.58 GAA in this his first year of playoff action.

"I've felt something special, honestly, since we turned it around in the middle of the season", defenceman Joel Edmundson said.

As the focus shifts from one game to the next, the Sharks now have to face some serious questions when it comes to the health of their lineup.

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.

There are losses, and then there is the apocalyptic rain of misery that pelted the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon. "We've got to go on and win a game".

The Northern California squad has benefitted from the questionable refereeing in all three cases, and now they're two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final. But it is 10-2 when tied or trailing, including four wins in elimination games sparked by a comeback from 3-1 down in the opening round to the Golden Knights. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. "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". He tried to make a quick outlet under pressure but his pass went through teammate Brenden Dillon's skates, off the boards and right to Sundqvist, who beat Jones to give the Blues their fourth goal of the series from the fourth line.

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

Whatever the Blues did between the first and second periods, it worked. "Obviously, I'm having a lot of fun back here playing with this team". If they dare look up, they'll see a Stanley Cup Final awaiting them.

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