Injuries ravage Sharks in Game 5 loss to Blues

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko (91) celebrates a goal with the bench in the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

St. Louis used a relentless forecheck to take control of the game and series in the second period, getting the two goals and out shooting the beleaguered Sharks 20-6 during the frame. Jaden Schwartz scored his second hat trick of the 2019 playoffs while Jordan Binnington became the first Blues rookie with a playoff shutout!

While the Sharks, on paper, are hand over fist the better team, the Blues have actually handed them a very competitive series thus far.

The Colorado Avalanche were offside (but were they?) in Game 7 where a goal was called back, and they were knocked out in Round 2.

Veteran Shark Joe Pavelski, who missed most of the second round due to a concussion, was injured on his first shift of the third period when hit hard along the boards by Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo.

The series is tied at 2-2 after a 2-1 win for the Blues in game 4 on Friday. Tarasenko's goal was the first converted penalty shot in the playoffs ever for the Blues.

"We're in a good situation right now", said Blues winger Patrick Maroon.

At one point three Sharks converged on David Perron, so Brayden Schenn casually collared two Sharks at once. Chara, who led the Bruins in minutes in Game 3 against the Hurricanes, had been listed as day to day. San Jose team will be facing elimination for the fifth time in these playoffs.

Karlsson, who has been trying to play on one leg after missing 27 games late in the season due to a groin-related injury, did not play in the third period.

It was a tough night at the office for the San Jose Sharks.

From last in the league in early January all the way to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in almost a half-century, it has been quite a ride for the St. Louis Blues. During the postseason, the Sharks rank 3rd in scoring at 3.17 gpg, 11th in goals allowed at 3.11 gpg, 10th in power play conversions at 18.8% and 9th in penalty kill at 81.0%. This time it was Oskar Sundqvist at 5:50 after Ivan Barbashev made it 1-0 at the 35-second mark in Game 4.

"Arguably a five-minute major on Tommy Hertl, if you get that - that's a momentum-changing play right there", the coach said. You're never comfortable when your backs are against the wall like that, but we have been here before and found a way.

The Blues might have won this series in five games had officials not missed Timo Meier's hand pass that set up Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 3.

"We kind of were stressing we've got to get more pucks on net with traffic and we were just kind of passing it around the outside a little too much", Bozak said. We like to play for each other, stick up for each other. I think we got better.