Game 3 was a very tough loss for the St. Louis Blues to accept given the controversial nature of the San Jose Sharks’ overtime winning goal. Nevertheless, St. Louis had no choice but to accept the loss and move on from it, so that’s exactly what they did.
Down 2-1 in the Western Conference Final, St. Louis came out strong in Game 4. They scored just 35 seconds into the contest and added a power-play marker late in the first period. The Blues never built on that lead, but it proved to be enough anyways.
Jordan Binnington had an amazing night between the pipes for St. Louis. He even had a shutout going until the Sharks finally broke through with a power-play goal at 6:48 of the third period. Binnington has been a mixed bag in the series and the Blues need to hope that they got more starts like this out of him.
Now this has become a best-of-three series, with two of those contests being in San Jose. The home ice advantage hasn’t really helped in this series thus far though as both teams are 1-1 at home and the road.
The Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, so there is no contest scheduled for Saturday. Game 5 of the Blues-Sharks will be played at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday and Game 6 is set for Tuesday night. If necessary, Game 7 will be on May 23rd.
The NHL has already released the scheduled for the Stanley Cup Final as well. It will start on Monday, May 27th regardless of how long the Western Conference Final goes, so we could have roughly a week without hockey in the Sharks and Blues wrap things up in six games.
ST. LOUIS 2 SAN JOSE 1 (Series tied at 2-2)
Ivan Barbashev got the scoring going just 35 seconds into the game. It was the Blues forward’s first goal and fourth point in 17 postseason contests this year.
Tyler Bozak netted the game-winning goal. He has four goals and nine points in 17 games.
San Jose’s lone goal was accounted for by Tomas Hertl. He’s up to 10 goals and 15 points in 18 contests.
Vladimir Tarasenko registered an assist for St. Louis. He’s been a mixed bag in the 2019 playoffs, but that assist extended his point streak to four games.
Jordan Binnington stopped 29 of 30 Sharks shots. He improved to 10-7 with a 2.58 GAA and .908 save percentage in 17 games.
At the other end of the ice, Martin Jones saved 20 of 22 shots. That gives him a 10-7 record, 2.84 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 18 starts.