The St. Louis Blues looked in full control as they shut out the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-0 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Blues are now one win away from facing the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Neither the Blues or the Sharks have ever won the Stanley Cup.
Blues Making Franchise History
The Blues have had a historic run this season after having the worst record in the NHL on January 1. If the Blues can win one more game, they will reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1970, where they lost to the Boston Bruins.
That’s not the only thing that has set this season apart for the Blues. Jordan Binnington is now the first goalie in Blues history to have a shutout in the postseason. Jaden Schwartz is the first player in Blues history to score multiple hat tricks in a postseason.
The Blues, now one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals, look to wrap up the series at home on Tuesday. They will be looking for a similar performance from goaltender Jordan Binnington. Binnington could have a lighter duty in Game 6 as Sharks players Karlsson, Pavelski, and Hertl are listed as day-to-day on the injury report.
Sharks Fight To Stay Alive
The San Jose Sharks will have to get a spark going if they want to stay alive and have a chance at the finals. With some stars on the injury list, they will look for the depth of the team to step up and make an impact in St. Louis.
Martin Jones will also have to bounce back after giving up five goals in Game 5. Jones has given up 18 goals so far to the Blues in the first five games of the series, and with defenseman Karlsson possibly out for Game 6, he will have to be at the top of his game.
The Sharks still have a lot going for them despite the last two losses in the series. They still have the talent on their roster to get the job done and beat the Blues. The Sharks were extremely successful during the regular season and have been resilient in the playoffs. San Jose was able to take down both the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights in seven-game series; now they hope to do the same against the Blues.
What To Expect
Game 6 of the Western Conference finals will be on Tuesday night in St. Louis. The Blues, leading the series 3-2, will look to close it out at home and move on to the Finals, while the Sharks will look to stay alive and overcome the 5-0 loss they suffered on Sunday in Game 5.
The Sharks will need better play out of their goaltender and defense if they want to keep their season alive. The Blues need to keep their momentum going and come out of the gates firing to take control early and finish strong. I will take the Blues winning and finishing the series at home to set the stage for the Stanley Cup Finals.