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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The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.
The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal.
Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.
Teams that score in the opening minute of a game in the 2019 #StanleyCup Playoffs have gone on to win four of six contests:— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 18, 2019
VGK: Game 2 of R1 (W)
VGK: Game 3 of R1 (W)
PIT: Game 4 of R1 (L)
WPG: Game 5 of R1 (L)
CAR: Game 4 of R1 (W)@StLouisBlues: Game 6 of R1 (W)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/uQs5YKX0uA
Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.
The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.
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