Sharks beat St. Louis Lead WCF 2-1
Let's put it this way, the Blues are lucky that they're only down in this series 2-1. San Jose came out firing on all cylinders game 1, but St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliot was a game saver. Last night, not so much.
To start off, even though the Sharks ended up scoring three goals over the course of 60 minutes this game was boring, which is rare to say about a Stanley Cup Playoff game. The shots were 22-16 in favor of St. Louis it certainly didn't feel that way. The Sharks have been getting timely goals from their role players all postseason and yesterday was no different. Tomas Hertl had two goals and Joonas Donskoi had one, and after Hertls' second of the game, Brian Elliot was pulled by coach Ken Hitchcock. The Hertl, Pavelski, Thornton line was the best line for San Jose as they produced two of the teams three goals last night.
Second year player Tomas Hertl potted two of them while Pavelski and Thornton had the helpers on both of Hertls goals. Speaking of assists Joe Thornton had a crazy seeing eye pass that threaded the needle to Hertls tape behind the net. Even though Jumbo Joe has been criticized for not performing well in the playoffs, he is certainly bringing it this postseason.
So what do the Blues need to do?
Well first off they need to establish a forecheck to get some pressure on the Sharks D men. They have been flat the past two games which explains the teams scoreless drought. Also, the top players need to be better. Vladimir Tarasenko has been Casper the ghost out there. He has been held off the score sheet for the first three games of this series so expect him to come out firing in Game 4. Not just Tarasenko but the veteran guys such as Stastny, Brouwer, Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, and Backes need to step it up, if they don't it could be a quit exit for the Blues in the Western Conference Finals.
Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday night, and the Pens and Lightning will play Game 4 tonight in Tampa at 8PM EST.