The San Jose Sharks are inching closer to history as they captured a 4-0 shutout win over the Blues in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals to tie the series at one game apiece.
The Sharks are now in a good position as they return to the “Shark Tank” at the SAP Center on Thursday.
The San Jose Sharks opened up the scoring within 2:07 of the first period with a goal by fourth line forward Tommy Wingels.
After a Troy Brouwer slashing penalty at 6:46 in the second period, Sharks defensemen Brent Burns would go on to score a power play goal to make it 2-0 San Jose.
Likewise, in the third period, after another penalty by Brouwer (High Sticking), Burns would score another power play goal (11:58).
With under a minute to go, St Louis pulled goaltender Brian Elliot for the empty net. San Jose fourth liner Dainius Zubrus saw the opportunity he had and seized it with an empty net goal to finish the game.
What We Learned:
The San Jose Sharks are the better team. They outplayed St. Louis in nearly all dimensions.
San Jose had a total of 12 penalty minutes, including a high sticking double minor penalty by Patrick Marleau. Despite the many opportunities San Jose gave to St. Louis, it seemed if St. Louis could just not control the puck in their own zone. Turnovers killed St. Louis and they could not establish a forecheck, forcing them to reset from the neutral zone or their own defensive zone.
St Louis, also had their fair share of penalties with 10 penalty minutes. And those penalties would be their dagger in game 2. Brent Burns capitalized on two of the five available power play opportunities that ultimately put San Jose on top 4-0.
Brent Burns’ two power play goals in game 2 also put him at a record. The star defensemen had broken a record for most points by a defensemen in the postseason (18 pts).
Logan Couture also broke a team record yesterday. With two assists on the night, Couture has captured the most points by a Shark in a single postseason (19 points).
Martin Jones finished the night with 26 saves and his second postseason shutout of the year.
With the series tied at 1-1, the teams will shift over to San Jose to play at the SAP Center for games 3 and 4. With history in the making, expect the San Jose fans to be louder than ever, giving the Sharks an edge on home ice.
But don’t discount the Blues in either of these games. After game 2, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock admit to the fact that San Jose has been physically better in both games. He noted that the Blues are in fact lucky that the series is 1-1 and not 2-0 San Jose. So expect St. Louis to come back with their “A game,” try to comeback and steal a game in San Jose.
Once again, Game 3 is on Thursday at the SAP Center at 6:00 PM PDT / 9:00 PM EDT. The game will be aired on NBC Sports Network and on NBC Sports Live Extra.
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