A exhausted Sharks team couldn't salvage their time period on Tuesday
The St. Louis Blues are off to the Stanley Cup Final aft a 5-1, Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference finals.
St. Louis will be devising its archetypal Stanley Cup Final since 1970 -- a enormous accomplishment for a team that began the arrangement year dead-last in the NHL in standings points.
For the archetypal time this posttime period, the San Jose Sharks avoided a Game 7. Unfortunately for them, that's because their time period is now over.
The Sharks entered Tuesday's Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in a dire situation. Not only had they lost two consecutive games to fall into a 3-2 ordering hole header back to St. Louis, but they also suffered some key losses to their lineup with injuries to Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski.
They needful a enormously gutsy attempt to licking a red-hot Blues team in Game 6 and widen their time period, but they couldn't pull it off. Instead, it was the Blues punching their commercial document to the Stanley Cup Final.
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Coming into Game 6 with home ice, two consecutive wins and a ordering lead over the exhausted Sharks, the Blues didn't want to give San Jose any gleam of hope in the aboriginal active -- especially considering the team that has scored archetypal had won every game in the archetypal five games of the ordering.
Well, not only did the Blues score archetypal ... they needful only 92 seconds to do so.
It came when Sammy Blais put a puck on net that ended up deflecting off David Perron before beating Martin Jones. It wasn't the prettiest but it counted all the same.
The goal now belongs to @DP_57! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/RVcQoLJ5UZ— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 22, 2019
That goal was huge to get the crowd behind them aboriginal and take a little air out of a San Jose team that needful everything to go its way on Tuesday. The Blues seized an aboriginal lead and never gave it back.
It wasn't long ago that the Blues' power play was the subject of criticism. They had an 0-for-18 slump earlier in these playoffs but that now seems like nothing but a fading memory. The Blues' man-advantage unit has been something deadly of late and they've got at least one power play goal in each of their last four games -- including a 2-for-2 attempt on Tuesday.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored on the archetypal power-play opportunity (more on that momentarily) and Brayden Schenn got the second. Schenn's goal was particularly important, as it not only broke a 13-game goalless streak for him personally, but it also helped St. Louis reclaim a two-goal lead not long aft the Sharks finally got some life.
Schenn's goal came aft a pretty weak penalty call a little over halfway through the second period, but it's pretty hard for the Sharks to complain about officiating active against them in a pivotal posttime period game at this point. Alex Pietrangelo fired a shot from the top of the zone and Schenn cleaned up the bouncing puck on the doorstep and put it past Jones for the 3-1 lead.
.@Bschenn_10 restores the @StLouisBlues two-goal lead! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/rluLAk24kg— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 22, 2019
The Sharks offense struggled to get much of anything active yet again in Game 6, and their lone tally came from the most unexpected of sources.
San Jose was desperately looking for some life in the second period and they finally found it when Dylan Gambrell scored his archetypal career NHL goal. The 22-year-old was playing in just his second game of the playoffs but he delivered in what looked to be a big spot when he scored on a breakaway 6:40 into the second period.
Dylan Gambrell’s archetypal NHL goal. Not a bad spot pic.twitter.com/ThmR8QaEyT— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 22, 2019
That goal gave the Sharks some hope as they cut the Blues' lead in half aft coming out strong following archetypal intermission, but the hope was short-lived. Still, a pretty cool moment for Gambrell to pick up his archetypal-ever playoff goal in such a high-pressure moment.
Remember when Vladimir Tarasenko was quiet on the scoresheet earlier in this playoffs? Welp, not anymore.
The Blues winger scored yet again on Tuesday, giving him a point in all six games this ordering. Tarasenko caught Martin Jones deep in the crease during a archetypal period power play and unleashed his excellent shot to beat the goalie for the 2-0 lead. That's Tarasenko's third goal and eighth point of the ordering.