The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.
The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.
St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game.
The line of @sundqvist32, @Barbashev2295 and @Steener20 have combined for almost a third of the @StLouisBlues’ goals in the Western Conference Final (4 of 14; 28.5%). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/vjEOTr8BP7— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 19, 2019
Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.
Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.
Vladimir Tarasenko is the second @StLouisBlues player to attempt a penalty shot in the #StanleyCup Playoffs.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 19, 2019
He joined Jimmy Roberts, who failed to convert in Game 4 of the 1968 Semifinals. #NHLStats https://t.co/GDuQ0IKAOP
Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.
Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.
Jaden Schwartz is the first player in @StLouisBlues history to score multiple hat tricks in a postseason and first on any team to do so since Johan Franzen in 2008 (w/ DET). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/7Ow997VEcI— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 19, 2019
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.
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