St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL: Sunday, May 19, 2019, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California, 3:00 PM ET
The St. Louis Blues will face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, California, Sunday afternoon. The series is tied at 2-2 whereas each team has been victorious on the road once, but only Sharks had a lead in this series and are listed as favorites to get in front once again before the teams return to St. Louis for Game 6. The Sharks have won two of their three encounters with the Blues in the regular season.
The Blues withheld the pressure and won Game 5 to even the series
After a dramatic 5-4 overtime loss in Game 3 at home, the St. Louis Blues (55-33-11) bounced back Friday night to outlast the Sharks 2-1 and tie the series at two games apiece. The Blues copped with the pressure very well and took the lead with just 35 seconds into the game when Ivan Barbashev scored his first goal of the postseason. Tyler Bozak scored his fourth goal of the postseason with 2:07 left on the clock in the first period, as the Blues converted one of their four power-play opportunities in this clash. Jordan Binnington was the Blues’ hero with 29 stops and a .967 save percentage. Binnington recorded his tenth playoff victory this postseason to set the new franchise record.
Jordan Binnington had a wonderful regular season, and a 25-year old goalie was one of the key players in the Blues’ tremendous run in 2019 when they moved from the bottom of the Central Division to reach the playoffs. Binnington had a 24-5-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .927 save percentage, while he’s recorded a 2.58 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 17 outings in the postseason. Center Ryan O’Reilly led the Blues in the regular season with 77 points, scoring 28 goals and 49 dishes, while he tallied three goals and eight assists this postseason. Winger Jaden Schwartz is leading the way for the Blues with nine goals and four assists in 13 playoff appearances. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo made ten assists and scored a couple of goals, while winger Vladimir Tarasenko added six goals and three assists.
The poor start cost the Sharks a lot in Game 4
The San Jose Sharks (56-34-10) paid the price for a really poor start of Game 4 and lost 2-1 even though they dominated the Blues for most of the clash. The Sharks had five giveaways in the 1st period and 11 in the game and one of them led to the Blues’ leading goal just 35 seconds into the 1st period. They took 30 shots towards Jordan Binnington but it was enough for just one goal in the 3rd period when the Sharks converted one of their three power-play opportunities thanks to Tomas Hertl’s tenth goal in the postseason. San Jose outplayed the Blues in the 2nd period and had a 23-8 shot attempt advantage, still failing to find the net. On the other side, Martin Jones made 20 stops with a .909 save percentage and was spectacular for the Sharks in the 1st period.
Martin Jones has started between the pipes in all 18 postseason contests, recording ten wins and seven losses with a 2.84 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Jones improved his game after recording a 2.94 GAA and a .896 save percentage in the regular season. Center Logan Couture scored 14 goals along with six assists in 18 outings this postseason, while defenseman Brent Burns added five goals and 11 assists. Another defenseman Erik Karlsson made 14 dishes this postseason along with a couple of goals, while center Tomas Hertl bagged ten goals and made five assists. Winger Timo Meier has five goals, ten assists, and a whopping 32 penalty minutes.
San Jose Sharks:
- 8-3 in the last 11 outings at home
- 16-4 in the last 20 home contests in May
- 9-3 in the last 12 games when listed as favorites
St. Louis Blues:
- 1-4 in the last five road meetings with San Jose
- 6-14 in the last 20 outings in May