The 2016 postseason has been, for the most part, pretty great.
Yeah, the whole “blind eye to a good chunk of the bad hits” thing hasn’t been ideal. Some of the goal review stuff and penalties have been annoying.
So there have been some quibbles.
Still, the actual hockey has often been fantastic. Surprisingly so, given how tepid the 2015-16 regular season felt more often than not.
Tuesday’s Game 2 between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues? Not so much. That game wasn’t so great. We’ll recap it just the same, though.
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SHARKS 4, BLUES 0 (Series tied 1-1)
-- With two goals (both on the power play), Brent Burns now has more goals (six) and points (18) during a single postseason than any San Jose Sharks defenseman. His 18 points leave him just one behind Logan Couture for the NHL lead during these playoffs.
-- Speaking of Couture, his 19 points sets a new record for a single season for the Sharks. As you math majors may note, Burns doesn’t have to produce THAT much more than Couture to finish this postseason with the single-postseason record instead.
-- Apparently, road teams are now 37-39 during this postseason. They were 38-51 overall during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
-- Martin Jones stopped all 26 shots for the second shutout of his playoff career. It’s also his second shutout in three games (in which he’s allowed just two goals). Jones hasn’t had to face a whole lot of SOG - credit Peter DeBoer, perhaps? - but he’s doing what he needs to do.
-- Special teams was another big win for the Sharks. Burns scored those two PPG, helping the Sharks go 2-for-5 in Game 2. Meanwhile, the Blues went 0-for-6, including some pretty resounding failures with great opportunities, such as Patrick Marleau’s high-sticking double-minor.
-- Honestly, there have been a few times in which the Blues have looked underwhelming. Sometimes Brian Elliott has been able to bail St. Louis out, sometimes he has not been able to that. Elliott couldn't pull it off in Game 2.
-- Dainius Zubrus scored his first points of this postseason, generating a goal and an assist. The 37-year-old is definitely heading toward the end of the line of his career; in fact, it wouldn't be shocking if Tuesday serves as some of an end-of-the-line production-wise.