Steve Palumbo - Day game disaster could spell the end for San Jose

Ross Houston
May 23, 2019

A rally from down three games to one.

Baring a catastrophic injury, there's no doubt Karlsson will play in game six.

An obscurely enforced offside play caught by a coach's challenge, taking away a goal in another Game 7. If their offense struggles again, then this will be the last game for the Sharks this year.

But the Sharks came out of Game 5 of the best-of-seven series seemingly banged up.

The Blues are 2-0 in Game 6 in these playoffs.

His injury was first apparent when he made a awful pass to absolutely nobody on his team and it went directly to a Blues player - and then directly into the back of the net.

Of course, we all want the Blues to win just so they have a chance at the Stanley Cup. "It's in the back of their heads, but we know that that's a good hockey team over there too and they're not going to give up". The Blues' forecheck is stifling right now. Trying to go anything short of the full distance while they have Karlsson's services would be nothing short of a disappointment. After the Sharks season ends, whether it be at the hands of St. Louis or victorious in a Stanley Cup championship, they risk losing Karlsson for nothing on July 1st.

Oh, and Martin Jones has to be the best version of himself. This game proved that the Sharks are just not doing enough when it comes to outplaying the Blues and making it hard for them to get free and fight for space on the ice. However, if that's San Jose's hope, the odds don't seem to be in their favor.

Schwartz added the two goals in the third, giving him 12 in the playoffs after scoring just 11 in 69 regular-season games. And obviously what he's done in this playoffs so far has been incredible. You wonder if maybe their luck has finally run out. If necessary, the series will go back to San Jose for Game 7.

Pick: The Sharks are like Achilles and the Blues like the tortoise.

"He's a 200-foot player for us and he's around the net for us, that's where he scores". The one that resulted in a sharks overtime goal and victory? It's not just that the Blues beat them by a decisive margin on the scoreboard, but it's the manner in which they did it that's awfully hard to shake right now for anyone hoping that San Jose can turn this series around. A third unassisted goal by Vladimir Tarasenko less than four minutes later extended the St. Louis lead. "I think, you know, we make those decisions based on the reports that we get from the player and the medical and the report was that they felt that he could play and get through the game, so it's easy to sit here now and say, 'sure, you'd have regrets'". The under is 5-2-1 in St. Louis' last eight home games. Not only is he having trouble going back to retrieve pucks, but when he does get it, he's struggling with navigating the Blues' forecheck without that elusiveness.

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.

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