Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Final, Game Five

First, it’s important to note that I’m not really taking sides here. I’m all for Team That Makes This Series End Quickly™. Since neither team seems to be in a hurry, this is a frustrating position to have. However, one team might have made the case for my rooting interest in them just a little more compelling.

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Jake Allen is in net once again for the Blues. Also, David Backes and Robby Fabbri returned to the lineup after missing the later parts of the previous game.

First Period:

Marc-Edouard Vlasic slaps one on Allen at 3:51. The goal would initially be credited to Tomas Hertl, then back to Vlasic.

At 7:04, David Backes ties up Roman Polak in front of Martin Jones when Jaden Schwartz comes up with the puck.

According to many in the Twitterverse, Troy Brouwer decided to play baseball and hockey at the same time with this shot at 15:08. St. Louis leads 2-1.

No penalties in the First even after this happened at the end of the period.

Second Period:

Kevin Shattenkirk was assessed two penalties at 2:38: one for Roughing against Tommy Wingels, and another for fighting him. While Wingels would also go to the box, the two-minute minor was served by Robby Fabbri, making it a Power Play for the Sharks. Just before the penalty expired, Joel Ward scores the tying goal.

Near the middle of the frame, a similar situation would play out this time giving the Blues the one-man advantage. Roman Polak went to the box for Roughing Dmitrij Jaskin and for fighting him, with Tomas Hertl serving the Roughing minor. Within 57 seconds, Robby Fabbri scored the go-ahead power play goal. This would be the final time the Blues would have the lead.

Honestly, it seems that we should just call Hooking as “Being a Defenseman”, well, that and Holding because D-men are so lonely- that must be why they do it so often.


Anyway, Shattenkirk goes for Hooking Hertl at 17:08. Joe Pavelski slaps in a power play goal at 18:33. The game is all tied up again, three-all.

Third Period:

Joe Pavelski is not happy having just one goal, so he decides to tip-in another just 0:16 into the final period.

Let’s fast forward to the end of the period. Allen left the net with just under two minutes left. Alex Pietrangelo inexplicably has difficulty controlling the puck resulting in a turnover, and eventually, a wraparound score on the empty net by Chris Tierney with under a minute to go.

Ward makes it back-to-back QUOTA games with another empty-netter with thirty-three seconds to go. Funny, this is the mirror image score from Game Four back in San Jose. Do you think that woke up the Sharks?


The Sharks can take the series with a win at home in the Shark Tank in San Jose on Wednesday night at 9pm.


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