Series Update – St. Louis Blues win series 4-2 to reach the 2019 Stanley Cup Final
The St. Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night to win the series 4-2 and take their place in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn, Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored for St. Louis, with Jordan Binnington stopping 25 shots.
Dylan Gambrell scored his first career goal for San Jose, while Martin Jones made 14 stops.
A long postseason finally took its toll on San Jose. The Sharks, who played seven games in each of the first two rounds, played without injured forwards Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl and defenseman Erik Karlsson. It was the first loss for San Jose in five elimination games this postseason.
The Blues won three consecutive games to advance to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. Game 1 will be on Monday night in Boston.
Game 6 Update – St Louis now lead 3-2 and are one away from Stanley Cup Final
The St. Louis Blues had a comfortable 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday afternoon to take up a 3-2 lead in the series and move to within just one win of a Stanley Cup Final with the Boston Bruins.
Jaden Schwartz led the Blues with a hat-trick, with other goals coming from Oskar Sundqvist and a Vladimir Tarasenko penalty shot. Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.
Schwartz’s hat-trick made him the first player with two in one postseason since Johan Franzen for Detroit Red Wings in 2008.
Martin Jones made 35 saves for the Sharks.
St. Louis, for a team that was last in the NHL standings on January 2, can earn its first trip back to the Stanley Cup Final since 1970 with a win at home in Game 6 on Tuesday night. It’s win or elimination as far as the Sharks are concerned.
Game 5 Update – The St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference Final series at two games apiece
Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues, with rookie goalie Jordan Binnington saving 29 shots.
Barbashev gave the Blues the lead after just 35 seconds when his shot deflected off of Gustav Nyquist’s stick and into the net.
Tomas Hertl scored the solitary goal for the Sharks, with Martin Jones making 20 stops.
Star defenseman Erik Karlsson is a major concern for the Sharks, having been sidelined during part of the third period with an undisclosed injury.
Karlsson missed the vast majority of the Sharks’ regular-season games with leg and groin ailments and it is as yet unclear if the current issue is related.
Game 5 switches back to San Jose on Sunday.