Banged up Sharks rack up injuries in Game 5

Banged up Sharks rack up injuries in Game 5

They put the hammer down and ran the Sharks out of their own building, if not the playoffs, with a punishing and dominating 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Fifty years of frustration may be coming to an end for the Blues, as the Sharks' disappointment over the last two decades seems about to deepen.

"For Game 6, the health of the players who didn't play in the third period is going to be topic No. 1", Baker said.

The Sharks also dealt with a number of injuries in the third period, as Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi all missed some or all of the final frame.

With a 3-2 series lead and any number of Sharks doubtful for Game 6, the Blues look like a solid bet to wrap things up at home on Tuesday. With a wide open shot, Karlsson buried it behind Jordan Binnington, giving the Sharks the win.

"We're close. We're very close right now", forward Patrick Maroon said.

"It was an off-year obviously for him in the regular season", coach Craig Berube said.

The Vegas Golden Knights were up 3-0 in Game 7 before a controversial major penalty sent them spiraling, and they were knocked out in Round 1. San Jose team will be facing elimination for the fifth time in these playoffs.

He returned for the final 1:55 game with the goalie pulled but mostly stayed positioned at the point for passes and shots, his skating limited. That is the key, but we do note that it is hard to keep this San Jose offense grounded for two games in a row. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities.

After alternating wins in the first four games, the Sharks and Blues have a best-of-three to decide who plays the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. This a tough offense to keep down two games in a row and we also note that they are 5-1 in their last six games after scoring two goals or less. We feel comfortable having to do that. 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.

Karlsson appeared bothered by his already injured groin and the star blue-liner's ice time diminished as the game wore on. With the report we got, we felt he could play and get through the game. "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way. For anybody to minimize that is disrespectful to our group and what we've done".

Whatever the Blues did between the first and second periods, it worked. "I got cross-checked after the puck was in the air so I was on the ice, looked up and the puck was in the net and I saw the guys celebrating".

NOTES: The Blues and Sharks entered the game with 42 points each in the playoffs, the most in the National Hockey League.

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