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02:40  20 may  2019
02:40  20 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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St. Louis can earn its first trip back to the Final since 1970 with a win at home in Game 6 on Tuesday night. St. Louis Blues ' Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates a goal with the bench in the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks in

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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. It also got 21 saves from Jordan Binnington in his first playoff shutout and a first-period goal from Oskar Sundqvist to overwhelm the Sharks.

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

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Schwartz added two goals in the third for his second hat trick this post-season, becoming the first player with two in one playoff run since Johan Franzen for Detroit in 2008.

The victory gave the Blues a 3-2 series lead, the closest they've been to making the final since getting there in their first three seasons as the winner of the all-expansion Western Conference. St. Louis can earn its first trip back to the final since 1970 with a win at home in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Martin Jones made 35 saves for the Sharks but got little help from his teammates, who have been held to one goal in losing the past two games. San Jose now faces elimination for the third straight series, having overcome a 3-1 series deficit to Vegas in the first round and winning a Game 7 at home in the second round against Colorado.

Blues GM calls Sharks' controversial OT winner 'garbage'

Blues GM calls Sharks' controversial OT winner 'garbage' The St. Louis Blues didn't hold back after Game 3 of the Western Conference Final ended on a controversial goal. San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the overtime winner around five minutes into the extra frame, but officials missed what appeared to be a hand pass prior to the goal - which was not eligible for video review. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made his feelings known after the loss. #stlblues GM Doug Armstrong just slammed his hand on the officials door. Very upset, yelled "(expletive) garbage."— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) May 16, 2019 St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo was also unhappy with the missed call.

St. Louis Blues ' Vladimir Tarasenko (91) celebrates a goal with the bench in the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western (AP) -- From last in the league in early January all the way to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, it has been quite a ride for the St

Jaden Schwartz started a dominant second period with the first of his three goals, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and the Blues moved within one win of the Cup final with a 5 - 0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference final .

San Jose got off to a spirited start in the rare afternoon contest that led to a more subdued crowd than usual at the Shark Tank. Evander Kane hit the post just 12 seconds into the game and the Sharks had the better of the play in the opening 20 minutes despite falling behind 1-0 when Sundqvist converted a turnover from a hobbled Erik Karlsson into a goal less than six minutes into the contest.

Karlsson has been hampered by a groin injury that sidelined him for 27 of the final 33 games in the regular season and has been extremely limited since the third period of Game 4. He tried to make a quick outlet under pressure but his pass went through teammate Brenden Dillon's skates, off the boards and right to Sundqvist, who beat Jones to give the Blues their fourth goal of the series from the fourth line.

The Blues then took over in the second period, putting 11 shots on goal in less than five minutes. They added to the lead when Tarasenko's shot was partially blocked. Jones then swept it away but it went right to Schwartz, who knocked it into the open net to make it 2-0.

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.

The victory gave the Blues a 3-2 series lead, the closest they've been to making the final since getting there in their first three seasons as the winner of St. Louis can earn its first trip back to the final since 1970 with a win at home in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Martin Jones made 35 saves for the Sharks

St. Louis Blues ' Vladimir Tarasenko (91) celebrates a goal with the bench in the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against (AP) — From last in the league in early January all the way to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, it has

The Blues didn't let up after that and kept the pressure, leading to a breakaway by Tarasenko. He was pulled down by Brent Burns for a penalty shot and converted it with a shot high to Jones' glove side.

NOTES: Schwartz has 12 goals in the playoffs after scoring just 11 in 69 regular-season games. ... Karlsson and F Tomas Hertl didn't play in the third period. ... Sharks captain Joe Pavelski also left in the third after taking a hard hit from Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. ... Tarasenko's goal was the first converted penalty shot in the playoffs ever for the Blues. They missed their only other chance by Jimmy Roberts in 1968. ... F Micheal Haley returned to the Sharks lineup on the fourth line in place of Marcus Sorensen.

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Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

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