This year's Western Conference Final had been a back-and-forth battle between the Sharks and Blues until Sunday's Game 5, when the Blues became the first team to win back-to-back games in the series. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer didn't have an immediate update on any of the four after the game, but there's already concern about San Jose's health as they are now on the brink of elimination.
Since the hand pass that allowed the Sharks to steal game three on the road in overtime, the Blues have outscored San Jose 7-1 and the gap between these clubs has gotten wider by the period. It's pretty safe to say that this game was a complete unmitigated disaster for the Sharks, who now have to travel back to St. Louis with their season on the line in Game 6. He remained in the game through the second period but also didn't come out for the third.
If Karlsson is unable to go, Tim Heed will likely get his first action since filling in for an injured Marc-Edouard Vlasic in Games 3 and 4 of the opening round.
Karlsson ended Game 4 in a lot of pain after seemingly aggravating a groin injury, but played more than seven minutes in the first period on Sunday.
In the first-round Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose trailed 3-0 in the third period when a five-minute major got assessed against Cody Eakin for a cross-check on Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. Alexander Steen's hip check of Brent Burns behind the Sharks' net created a turnover that led to Barbashev's first career playoff goal. They are on top of their skates and are playing like they are on a mission.they are playing like they want to rid themselves of the tag of being the oldest team in the National Hockey League to not have a Stanley Cup. All eyes will be peeled on the men in stripes as the Sharks and Blues lock horns in Game 4 Friday night.
With that being said, the San Jose Sharks have been lucky with the most critical calls going their way in the postseason. He did not face the sharks in the regular season. 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.
John Moore has spent over two-thirds of the ice-time he's seen this play-offs with Matt Grzelcyk, which meaning no discredit to either guy, is hardly top-pairing material. They put up 14 shots in the first seven minutes (to San Jose's one) and scored twice (Schwartz at 3:05 at Vladimir Tarasenko on a penalty shot at 6:53). We've had emotional games for sure.
"I think they complement each other really well", Bergeron said.
By the end of the game, the Sharks' bench was six players short: Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, and Joonas Donskoi with injuries, and Micheal Haley and Evander Kane for misconducts. He wasn't on the bench at all in the third. Maybe we should be a little fairer and treat him for what he realistically is within the Boston Bruins group. Jordan Binnington has allowed 45 goals on 511 shots. They limited chances tonight.