Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Stanley Cup: 60 - May 19

Stanley Cup: 60 - May 19

With a win, the Blues will advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.

A remarkable turnaround continued Sunday with perhaps their most convincing win of a charmed playoff run. Although the Sharks center would remain in the game and play through the second period, he didn't take a shift in the third period - one of three key players missing for San Jose as they tried, and failed, to rally in the Blues' eventual 5-0 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. "Obviously, it's something that everyone has worked for and dreamed about". "We've got to go on and win a game". "It would be a dream come true". During the playoffs, St Louis ranks 7th in scoring, putting up 2.76 gpg, 7th in goals allowed at 2.76 gpg, 11th in power play conversions at 17.3% and 12th in penalty kill at 76.3%.

The Blues got a goal from Ivan Barbashev 35 seconds into Game 4 and added another late in the first period before hanging on for the 2-1 win Friday. "After that, I think we battled back there, had some good looks".

Team work to get that @StLouisBlues hat on the ice.

It was a tough night at the office for the San Jose Sharks. We feel comfortable having to do that.

DeBoer pointed to the hit on Hertl and the lack of call as a momentum-changer for San Jose, who was trailing 1-0 at that point in the first period, but still very much in the game. He played 7:29 in the first period (he gave the puck away and then screened his own goalie on the first St. Louis goal), was limited to just 3:03 in the second and didn't come out for the third. Karlsson missed 27 of the final 33 games in the regular season with groin injuries that have hampered him in the playoffs.

The game got off to a rough start for Karlsson, who had an errant pass bounce right to Oskar Sundqvist for a one-timer to get the scoring started. His giveaway and subsequent screen on goaltender Martin Jones can be pretty easily traced as the cause for the game's first goal, and served as a harbinger for an abbreviated appearance for Karlsson. A stat shared by one of our readers, Greg Bazan said the Sharks were 9-1 with a plus-15 goal differential in odd numbered games. "But the guy keeps working hard". "It's not going to change anyways. He keeps with it, he keeps working and it's paying off now".

"We need to move on after this decision", Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko said.

The Sharks were hit hard with the injury bug during the contest; at one point in the third period, Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi, and Tomas Hertl were all in the dressing room, leaving San Jose's bench shorthanded.

"For sure, we've been here before", DeBoer said of facing elimination. "Would have really liked us to control our emotions and given ourselves 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.

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