Stanley Cup Playoffs Every day: Blues win the West

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Greg WyshynskiESPN

For the primary time since 1970, the St. Louis Blues are enjoying for the Stanley Cup. For the … effectively, we have misplaced rely actually, the San Jose Sharks are going residence earlier than the ultimate spherical.

Here is what occurred within the NHL final night time (take a look at replays of each playoff sport on ESPN+) and what to look at for within the days head, in in the present day’s version of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Every day:

Soar forward: Final night time’s sport | Three stars
Play of the night time | Social submit of the day

About final night time …

Recreation 6: St. Louis Blues 5, San Jose Sharks 1 (Blues win sequence Four-2)

Essentially the most deflating sight of the Western Convention finals was warm-ups for the Sharks in Recreation 6. You need best-on-best within the playoffs. You do not need “best-on-what’s-left-of-best.”

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Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl had been left residence. Joe Pavelski traveled with the Sharks however wasn’t near enjoying, in line with Peter DeBoer. So this diminished workforce took the ice in opposition to a buzzsaw, one which outscored the Sharks 12-2 in its remaining three wins of the sequence to get rid of them. The Blues managed play, scored early on David Perron’s purpose at 1:32 of the primary, after which scored 4 extra instances. The win sends the Blues to their first Stanley Cup Ultimate since 1970.

Play “Gloria.”

Three stars

1. Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues. The Blues rookie allowed one purpose in opposition to the Sharks and made 25 saves, together with just a few within the third interval earlier than his workforce put the sport away. Of be aware: His glove save on a transparent Logan Couture shot, and his point-blank cease on Evander Kane, conserving him goalless since Recreation three of the second spherical. Ouch.

2. David Perron, LW, St. Louis Blues. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo joked after the sport concerning the high quality of the franchise contemplating what number of instances Perron has chosen to return to it. However after making the Stanley Cup Ultimate with the Golden Knights final season, Perron helped the Blues get there this yr with a purpose and an help in Recreation 6.

three. Dylan Gambrell, C, San Jose Sharks. Not a nasty time to attain your first profession purpose within the NHL, eh? Gambrell fired one previous Binnington within the second interval to chop the result in 2-1, however the Sharks could not get the equalizer.

Play of the night time

Tarasenk��! @tara9191>#StanleyCup> – NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) Might 22, 2019

‘Twas a time when Vladimir Tarasenko was thought-about a postseason underachiever. So it ought to be famous right here that he had some extent in each sport of the Western Convention finals, together with targets in three of the final 4 video games. That included this crucial tally to make it 2-1.

Dud of the night time

Everybody not named Dylan Gambrell on the Sharks.

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The workforce actually confronted an unenviable activity with out Hertl, Pavelski and Karlsson within the lineup. That is plain. However the Sharks went out so meekly on the offensive finish in these final three video games. From Evander Kane’s incapability to seek out the again of the online to the inconsistency of Joe Thornton’s line (on the scoresheet and in its composition) to the hex positioned on Logan Couture’s line, which did not tally some extent after that hand-pass controversy in additional time of Recreation three.

“They’re an awesome workforce over there. They play onerous. They play tight. They’ve an awesome goalie. It was simply not so much on the market,” stated defenseman Brent Burns, who had two assists within the sequence. “We needed to work for every thing. Once we had been working it appeared like we could not get that break. However I believed we had a whole lot of actually good possibilities tonight, too. Missed alternatives. That is all it takes this time of yr. The distinction between successful and never successful is so shut.”

On the schedule

Recreation 1, Stanley Cup Ultimate: St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins, Monday, eight p.m. ET

The Enterprise Middle performed “Delivery Up To Boston” after the Blues’ Recreation 6 win, as a result of who does not like a cliché? Anticipate copious quantities of “David Backes vs. the Blues” and “Jordan Binnington vs. Tuukka Rask” takes.

Social submit of the day

Brayden Schenn has then cranking Gloria once more – Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) Might 22, 2019

The Jacks in Philadelphia, the place the “Play Gloria” custom started, has turn into the unofficial residence of the St. Louis Blues, as’s Adam Kimelman found on Tuesday.


“No. No, nope.” — Sharks star Joe Thornton when requested about his future

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