This series has really cranked up as San Jose and St. Louis are knotted up at two games apiece in the Western Conference Final.
The San Jose Sharks provided another thrilling week of Stanley Cup playoff action. From back-to-back shutouts to a missed opportunity in Game 4, team teal is right in the thick of their Western Conference Final series.
Before puck drop in Game 5 tonight, be sure to catch up on all the latest Sharks news and notes in this week’s recap:
– After a tough loss in Game 1, San Jose was determined to put that effort behind them and even this series before heading back to the Bay Area. They did just that as Tommy Wingels scored just over two minutes into the opening frame and team teal didn’t look back as they cruised to a 4-0 victory in Game 2.
– It was a redemption game of sorts for two key players in teal as Martin Jones was solid in making 26 saves for the shutout, while Brent Burns responded with two power-play goals after they’re misplay in Game 1 led to the game-winning goal.
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– San Jose returned to the Shark Tank where they were looking to continue their roll on home ice during this postseason. The Sharks would do just that in Game 3 as a pair of Tomas Hertl goals and one from Joonas Donskoi was all the home team would need to post their second consecutive shutout as they blanked the Blues by a 3-0 final.
– While many people get caught up in the offensive side of the game, team teal was locking down on the defensive end of the ice, putting on a clinic en route to a new franchise mark with back-to-back postseason shutouts.
– San Jose’s top line has been the most dominant line of these playoffs, and they’ve continued their run of play in this series. St. Louis hasn’t had many answers for this trio who have combined for four goals and seven assists through the first four games.
– The Sharks were looking to post their seventh-straight victory at SAP Center during these playoffs and take a commanding series lead, but the Blues had other ideas. St. Louis came out with their best effort of this series, scoring four-straight goals to open the contest as they evened this series up at two with a 6-3 win in Game 4.
– It’s been an exciting series to date and should only get better from here on in as it’s now a best-of-three. Here are five takeaways from the first two games in St. Louis, along with five observations following the past two games in San Jose.
– Finally, the Sharks aren’t the only ones in a playoff chase as they have two prospects currently participating in the Memorial Cup. Be sure to check out how Timo Meier and Adam Helewka are faring thus far.
San Jose is back in St. Louis tonight as they get set for a pivotal Game 5 at Scottrade Center. The Sharks are looking for a bounce back effort in what should be a hotly contested game.