Injuries ravage Sharks in Game 5 loss to Blues

If the Sharks take that game, the finale will be Thursday, May 23 back in San Jose.

Karlsson, who has been trying to play on one leg after missing 27 games late in the season due to a groin-related injury, did not play in the third period. Whether they do or not, this still has the feel of a seven-game series and that could give the Bruins a huge advantage against whoever they face in the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Bruins will be well rested after sweeping their series with the Hurricanes.

They look far closer to getting there than the score in this series indicates.

Grabbing the win was Jordan Binnington, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 10-7 with a 2.58 GAA in this his first year of playoff action. "I'm confident we can do that again".

Additionally, Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi also exited Game 5 with injuries, leaving the Sharks with an extremely spacious bench down the stretch. The Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Jose and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer didn't have a health update on any of his injured players Sunday night, though their availability will be closely monitored in the coming days.

Game Six of the series is Tuesday night at Enterprise Center. They added to the lead when Tarasenko's shot was partially blocked. "After that, I think we battled back there, had some good looks".

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Golden State almost gave it away with an bad third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series vs. the Rockets as the series moves to Houston for Game 6.

Sharks forward Logan Couture, whose goal with 61 second left in the third period sent the game to overtime, said such calls are part of the game.

Regardless of whether San Jose eventually heads to the Stanley Cup final, Vegas, Colorado, and St. Louis will all be left with one question: What if? Oskar Sundqvist's opening goal came after Karlsson passed the puck behind Brendan Dillon and then screened Jones on the Blue's one-timer. When asked about how the league handles these apologies Bettman assured us everything was in safe hands stating "At times like these it's all hands on deck, you never want to be caught with your hand in the cookie jar, so to speak, and you never want things to get out of hand".

"The report was that he felt he could play and get through the game". "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way".

"We kind of were stressing we've got to get more pucks on net with traffic and we were just kind of passing it around the outside a little too much", Bozak said. "So just pushing and keep fighting and be aggressive". A stat shared by one of our readers, Greg Bazan said the Sharks were 9-1 with a plus-15 goal differential in odd numbered games.

Whatever the Blues did between the first and second periods, it worked. 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.

NOTES: The Blues and Sharks entered the game with 42 points each in the playoffs, the most in the National Hockey League.

  • Lawrence Cooper