Neither the Sharks nor Blues have exactly lit the world on fire in the postseason, but they are both here, four wins away from an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Their starting puck-stopper, Jones, was superb against the Avalanche, likely helping fans in San Jose forget he was hooked twice in the opening round.
After missing Schwartz's hook, the officials soon sent St. Louis defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the penalty box for interference on a faceoff. We've just stayed in the moment and tried to take care of each shift, and that's what it takes. Despite this series going to seven games, the Avs have played two less games than the Sharks overall after beating the Flames in five games while the Sharks went a full seven games against the Vegas Golden Knights. Jordan Binnington has allowed 32 goals on 378 shots. "'Get off the ice.' If I could have done something different on that play, I would have jumped the boards a lot quicker", he said (via ESPN.com). I think that we've definitely had that. Coach Peter DeBoer said that will happen as soon as doctors give him the OK.
"You need a team effort to beat these guys".
That series has no bearing on today, but makes for an interesting sidebar. It's two deep and heavy teams with red hot goalies and momentum on their side, squaring off in a 200-foot alley.
The Sharks can tell a similar tale.
The next factor to consider is the number of games each team has played. "They were there for me". It wasn't going to be one guy that was going to win this game. When players are describing their philosophy as ground and pound, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The Avs' Mikko Rantanen, who was also an injury concern before the game-he flew in to join the team in the morning after being injured in Monday's game-scored first for the Avalanche. Much like Ovechkin, Thornton was a one-time Hart Trophy victor as league MVP who couldn't get it done in the playoffs. "We're taking everything into play".
Bednar did not want to discuss the call after the game. Both teams have xG rates under 50% and they're both below 45% in terms of high-danger chances.
The Sharks didn't get here by accident, either.
The Avs are youthful, fast and poised to be a possible contender for seasons to come. "They find a way to stick around".
In terms of former Rangers involved in this series, there are only two but they can be described as role players at best. They're a very good team and they're getting better as the playoffs go on. "Expectations are going up and we'll have to react to those accordingly".
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been unpredictable. While Erik Karlsson has led the way in assists, he still sits at a minus-five in the playoffs so far. We do not know what it is like to even think about winning that final series. By the time it was instituted for the start of that season, 19 months had elapsed since the Duchene goal. San Jose's only trip to the Stanley Cup Final was in 2016.
In that same article, it was pointed out that this Blues team is not the same as those.
Meier finished with three points on the night. "We've played a lot of playoff rounds". That is one of only four times that's happened in National Hockey League history.
"It's a clumsy mistake, you know?"
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