Monday, 16 September, 2019

Injuries ravage Sharks in Game 5 loss to Blues

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Cary Erickson | 20 May, 2019, 21:42

A hand pass, unseen by the referees, gifted the San Jose Sharks the overtime game victor in Game 3 over the St. Louis Blues.

"We come out of the first down 1-0", said head coach Pete DeBoer, adding things were going OK to that point.

Another stat to go along with the first is San Jose being 1-7 with a minus-10 goal difference in even numbered games.

Shots were an astounding 20-6 in favor of the Blues in the second period, and the Sharks look like they're toast in this game. They put the hammer down and ran the Sharks out of their own building, if not the playoffs, with a punishing and dominating 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. In Game 4, he sat out for most of the third period as well.

On Wednesday, San Jose headed to St. Louis for Game 3 of the West final, with the series tied one apiece.

Still, Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon is optimistic about keeping the Western Conference finals going to an all-or-nothing Game 7 showdown Thursday. "We've got to go on and win a game". His giveaway and subsequent screen on goaltender Martin Jones can be pretty easily traced as the cause for the game's first goal, and served as a harbinger for an abbreviated appearance for Karlsson.

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The end of any team's season usually comes with a laundry list of injuries that players had worked through, and it looks like the Sharks' edition will be a lengthy one.

John Moore has spent over two-thirds of the ice-time he's seen this play-offs with Matt Grzelcyk, which meaning no discredit to either guy, is hardly top-pairing material. "He keeps with it, he keeps working and it's paying off now".

This marks just the third time all postseason that the offensive-powered Sharks have been left off the scoresheet. He was pulled down by Brent Burns for a penalty shot and converted it with a shot high to Jones' glove side.

Maybe we're unfair on John Moore; he's a player that is very much miscast if we're looking at him as a straight-up replacement for Zdeno Chara.

Midway through the third period, there were four players missing from the San Jose bench: Erik Karlsson's lower body injury left him unable to help, as St. Louis's physical investment in him finally paid off. Tomas Hertl didn't play in the third period, possibly the result of being clipped in the head during a collision with Ivan Barbashev in the first period.

"I saw the Hertl hit, just watched the replay", said Logan Couture. "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way". DeBoer offered no update Saturday on Karlsson's condition. The Sharks have the better shot share (53.6%) but the Blues have generated more expected goals (51.4%) at 5-on-5. They missed their only other chance by Jimmy Roberts in 1968.