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Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks: 3 Takeaways From Game 5

Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks: 3 Takeaways From Game 5

In a wild sequence deep into Blues territory, Timo Meier appeared to bat down the puck to linemate Gustav Nyquist, who quickly pushed it to Karlsson to seal Game 3 and give the visitors a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. It also got 21 saves from Jordan Binnington in his first playoff shutout and a first-period goal from Oskar Sundqvist to overwhelm the Sharks.

"It's a great spot to be in", coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday.

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. You could sense the hopelessness setting in as fans in the Shark Tank watched impact player after impact player pulled from the game with injuries.

Had the second period been a heavyweight bout, the ref would have stopped the fight. Against Colorado, the last game of that series should have went to overtime, but a technicality allowed the Sharks to hold on. He played just 3:03 in the second period and was unable to accelerate on the play that led to Vladimir Tarasenko's penalty shot.

In his last two games, he has limited San Jose to just a single goal.

As a result, the series heads back to St. Louis with the Blues able to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final with a win on home ice in Game 6. You want to play them, you want to be involved in them. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities.

With that being said, the San Jose Sharks have been lucky with the most critical calls going their way in the postseason.

Absorbing the loss was Martin Jones, who allowed two goals on 22 shot attempts to fall to 10-7 with a 2.84 GAA in the postseason this year and 32-25 with a 2.30 GAA in the postseason in his career.

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He left the ice midway through the period and missed some key shifts before returning in the closing minutes when San Jose tried to tie it with an extra skater.

The Sharks acquired Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators just before the start of the 2018-19 season with the hope that he would be the missing piece on a Stanley Cup contender.

Schwartz added the two goals in the third, giving him 12 in the playoffs after scoring just 11 in 69 regular-season games. "But the guy keeps working hard".

Instead, the Blues utilized that sequence as a surge of momentum to take a 4-3 lead with a pair of snipes from Perron. "Would have really liked us to control our emotions and given ourselves a chance".

"I think at the end of the day, my biggest resource will be the players that have been through it", he said.

"We've got some time to continue to evaluate where guys will be".

Halfway through the third period the Sharks even tweeted out a picture of their depleted bench with an emoji version of the sarcastic "this is fine" meme. DeBoer offered no update Saturday on Karlsson's condition.

Take one of them out of the lineup, or at least limit their ability to make an impact, and there is a major drop in how the team performs.