The San Jose Sharks continue to make history as they once again shut out the St. Louis Blues 3-0 at the SAP Center to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. The victory both marks the deepest run San Jose has made into the playoffs, and the first time in franchise history San Jose leads in a Western Conference Finals series.
- San Jose first line forward, Tomas Hertl opened up the scoring for San Jose in the first period (15:53) with a slap shot on the glove-side of Blues goaltender Brian Elliot.
- Rookie, Jonas Donskoi made it 2-0 Sharks on a wrist shot from a three-on-two odd man rush. That score would be his fourth of the postseason.
- Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the postseason in the third period with a quick sneak through on the blindside of Elliot.
What We Leaned:
San Jose was once again the better team. They didn’t out-shoot St. Louis (16-22), nor did they win more face-offs than them (41%-59%), but the San Jose Sharks just out-matched St. Louis.
Both teams managed to minimize penalty minutes in game 3. San Jose only had two minutes, and St. Louis had four. Neither team capitalized on their respective power plays.
San Jose’s goaltender Martin Jones is also on a roll now as he had completed his second straight shutout of the series, and third of the postseason.
St. Louis’ goaltender Brian Elliot was replaced by Jake Allen early in the third period after Hertl’s second goal. Later in the period, the Blues made an interesting decision to pull Allen for the extra skater with over four minutes left in the game. Lucky for St. Louis, San Jose did not find the net in those few minutes of empty net.
The St. Louis Blues are now in danger. San Jose is gaining a lot of momentum and still have another home game to play on Saturday. If San Jose wins again on Saturday, they will take a commanding lead heading going back to St. Louis. At this point, San Jose looks like they are more hungry to win this series and go to the cup finals. They look armed and ready to take control of the series.
Game 4 will be Saturday, May 21 at 4:30 PM (PT) / 7:30 (ET) and will air on NBC Sports Network and NBC Live Extra.
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