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14:35  18 may  2019
14:35  18 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Stanley Cup playoffs conference finals schedule and TV info

Stanley Cup playoffs conference finals schedule and TV info Watch the action live on CBC TV or streamed through CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app. CBC will be the home for every game of the Eastern Conference final between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as each game of the Western Conference final between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks. The full broadcast schedule for the conference finals of the NHL playoffs is below: Eastern Conference final Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Game 1: Carolina at Boston – Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m. ET Game 2: Carolina at Boston – Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m.

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) protects the puck as San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, closes in during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Friday, May 17, 2019, in St. Louis.

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ST. LOUIS — Jordan Binnington made save after save to pull off yet another playoff victory — and make some team history — for the Blues.

The rookie goalie stopped 29 shots to set a franchise record with his 10th post-season win this year and St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.

"He's been dynamite back there for us all year and his first game he came in and had a goose egg and just took over from there," Blues defenceman Colton Parayko said of Binnington. "It's been fun to watch.

"He's just doing his thing."

Goalie Binnington a steady rookie rock as Blues advance

Goalie Binnington a steady rookie rock as Blues advance ST. LOUIS — Jordan Binnington still doesn't look nervous. Sure, the standout rookie goalie for the St. Louis Blues admitted he got a little tired late in the double-overtime win over Dallas in Game 7. But he said he is ready to keep his strong play going as St. Louis advanced the Western Conference final for the first time since 2016. "I was pretty happy to see that puck go in, and in front of a home crowd, the atmosphere was crazy," Binnington said. "It was a fun experience." The Blues will play the San Jose Sharks, 3-2 winner over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Blues are making their fourth conference finals appearance since 1970.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) protects the puck as San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, closes in during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Friday, May 17, 2019, in St. Louis.

Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this postseason and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.

Binnington moved past Brian Elliott (2016) and Roman Turek (2001) for the most wins by a Blues goalie in a single playoffs. He is the 10th rookie netminder to win at least 10 games in a single post-season in league history.

"It's a great honour," Binnington said. "Obviously, I'm having a lot of fun back here playing with this team. They're doing a great job. They limited chances tonight. They played a complete game and I just tried to do my job."

Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues, giving Binnington all the scoring he needed.

Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones made 20 saves.

Game 5 is in San Jose on Sunday.

Barbashev gave the Blues a quick lead when his shot deflected off of Gustav Nyquist's stick and into the net just 35 seconds in. Alexander Steen's hip check of Brent Burns behind the Sharks' net created a turnover that led to Barbashev's first career playoff goal.

Timo Meier scores 2 to lead Sharks past Blues 6-3 in Game 1

Timo Meier scores 2 to lead Sharks past Blues 6-3 in Game 1 Timo Meier scores 2 to lead Sharks past Blues 6-3 in Game 1

The St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece. Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues , giving Binnington all the scoring he needed. Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks , and Martin Jones

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Binnington made save after save to pull off yet another playoff victory - and make some team history - for the Blues .

There have been seven goals scored in the opening minute of playoff games this year, with three of them coming against San Jose - the most since the Boston Bruins allowed four during their Stanley Cup run in 2011.

"We've got to be more ready at the start of the game, for sure," Jones said. "With the way the last game ended, we should have known how they were going to come out and we were just a little more casual at the start of the game."

The Blues needed just 9 seconds to convert on a power play as Bozak's shot found its way through several skates and past Jones to make it 2-0 with 2:07 left in the first.

"We kind of were stressing we've got to get more pucks on net with traffic and we were just kind of passing it around the outside a little too much," Bozak said. "Great shot by Vlady (Tarasenko) and Patty (Maroon) got a tip. Just a loose puck in front and I got kind of lucky that it ended up on my stick and went in."

Blues players, fans furious after Sharks win Game 3 on hand pass goal

Blues players, fans furious after Sharks win Game 3 on hand pass goal St Louis Blues fans and players were furious after the San Jose Sharks won Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night with the help of an illegal hand pass. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime on a goal by Erik Karlsson. Karlsson received a pass from Gustav Nyquist to set up the goal. But preceding that was a hand pass from Timo Meier. Sharks win Game 3 in OT despite clear hand pass before GWG pic.twitter.com/1qJZWL30E1 — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2019 Such a play is not reviewable, which is why the game ended on the goal. Blues center Brayden Schenn slammed his stick against the glass in anger, as did goalie Jordan Binnington. As did Binnington pic.

Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this postseason and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Blues , giving Binnington all the scoring he needed. Tomas Hertl scored for the

Sharks , Blues confident, and even, heading into Game 5. St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) protects the puck as San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, closes in during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final

San Jose tilted the ice in its favour in the second period, but Binnington stopped all 11 shots the Sharks sent his way. Burns had the Sharks' best chance, hitting the crossbar with about three minutes left in the period.

"I thought that they came out hard in the second and obviously had some offensive zone time on us," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "We've got to do a better job of not allowing them to take control of the game that way. I thought the second period, we just sat back too much. We didn't play aggressive enough in the second period."

Hertl banged home a rebound off of a slap shot by Burns on the Sharks' second power play of the game at 6:48 of the third period to cut the Blues' lead to 2-1. The goal snapped San Jose's scoreless streak of 226 minutes, 48 seconds in Game 4s this post-season after being shut out in the first two rounds.

Jones stopped the last 13 shots he faced to keep the Sharks close.

"It was a tough first (period), obviously," Burns said. "After that, I think we battled back there, had some good looks. I think we got better. We're going to have to have better. That's a great team over there. Still looking for a solid 60, I think."

Blues move to brink of Cup final with 5-0 win over Sharks

Blues move to brink of Cup final with 5-0 win over Sharks SAN JOSE, Calif. — Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St. Louis to the brink of its first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, sending the Blues to a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final. St. Louis used a relentless forecheck to take control of the game and series in the second period, getting the two goals and outshooting the beleaguered Sharks 20-6 during the frame.

NHL News: Blues top Sharks , even series at 1-1 - at VegasInsider.com. ''Pretty solid game tonight,'' Binnington said. Then, from the top of the left face-off circle, Couture snapped a shot through Binnington 's five-hole to tie the A record- tying goal from Couture on Monday would also tie the

That series also pitted the Blues against the Bruins. David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference final Tuesday night.

KARLSSON'S HEALTH

One major concern for the Sharks is the status of star defenceman Erik Karlsson, who was sidelined during part of the third period with an undisclosed injury.

He left the ice midway through the period and missed some key shifts before returning in the closing minutes when San Jose tried to tie it with an extra skater.

Karlsson missed all but six of the Sharks' regular-season games with leg and groin ailments. It was unclear if the current issue is related. Coach Peter DeBoer didn't have an update on Karlsson after the game.

FACE IN THE CROWD

Soccer star Becky Sauerbrunn was at the game. The U.S. women's national team played a friendly against New Zealand at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

NOTES: The Blues and Sharks entered the game with 42 points each in the playoffs, the most in the NHL. ... Blues D Vince Dunn, who was hit in the face by a puck in Game 3, was replaced in the lineup by Carl Gunnarsson.

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Joe Harris, The Associated Press

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