After a close Game 1 win for the Blues, the Sharks rebounded in a big way in Game 2, leading almost wire-to-wire in a dominant 4-0 win.
The San Jose Sharks sent the St. Louis a message on Tuesday night. The message was pretty simple: “We’re pretty damn good.”
After a close Game 1 win for the Blues, the Sharks rebounded in a big way in Game 2, leading almost wire-to-wire in a dominant 4-0 win to even the series at 1-1 as they head back to San Jose.
The box score will say the Sharks got outshot, but in reality they controlled every aspect of the game, and when the Blues did get chances, Sharks goalie Martin Jones was there to slam the door. He made 26 saves for his second shutout in the last three games.
While the Sharks outplayed the Blues offensively and defensively, their special teams played especially well. Brent Burns scored two power-play goals and the Sharks successfully killed off six St. Louis power plays.
The Blues best chance to get back into game came early in the third. Patrick Marleau got called for a high stick and went off for four minutes. The Blues had five shots on the extended power play but couldn’t get a goal past Jones and the Sharks killed it off. Burns scored his second seven minutes later to ice it.
Burns’ two goals and Jones shutout will get the attention but Sharks also showed their depth, with the game winner coming from a more unlikely source in center Tommy Wingels.
Wingels second goal of the playoffs came just 2:07 in the game and turned out to be all the Sharks needed.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer spoke to that depth in his post-game press conference.
DeBoer: “Had a lot of questions in the last day about how much deeper STL is. I think our forward group answered that question tonight.”
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) May 18, 2016
The Sharks are already in rare territory in their 24-year history. This is just their fourth time in the conference final and have never played for the Stanley Cup. As a result of this run, players are already setting and breaking franchise playoff records. Burns’ second-period goal set a new record for both goals (5) and points (17) in a single playoffs by a Sharks defenseman. Logan Couture’s assist on Burns’ second goal gave him 19 points in the playoffs, and new record, breaking Igor Larionov’s record of 18 set in 1994. Couture and Burns are 1-2 in the NHL in playoff scoring.
Game 3 is Thursday in San Jose, where the Sharks are 5-1 during the playoffs.