Jaden Schwartz ripped a shot past Sharks goalie Martin Jones in the 3rd period for his 3rd goal of the game and 2nd hat trick of the playoffs.
Wow. I cannot believe it. The St. Louis Blues are one win away from their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1970. It’s been almost 50 years since the Blues last played in the Cup Finals, and over 30 years since they’ve been this close to the Cup Finals.
I’ve been following the Blues for about 20 years, and this is the first time the Blues have won 3 games in the Conference Finals. Obviously, there’s been a LOT of playoffs heartbreak in those 20 years. It’s great that the Blues usually ice a competitive team, and we fans should be grateful for that. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the Blues finally go on a Cup run. And how fitting would it be that their chance to play for a Cup come via Boston, a St. Louis rival city for years.
Boston has been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for a long time. As St. Louis fans know, the Red Sox have twice defeated the Cardinals in the World Series in recent years (2004 and 2013). The New England Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl in 2002. The Blues can deliver some sweet vengeance for those losses. They can pay back some of the blood that St. Louis owes to Boston.
But first things first. The Blues have to win one more game against the Sharks, who are much less formidable than they were in 2016, the last time the Blues played in the Conference Finals. The Sharks won that series 4-2.
When the Blues lost a gut-wrenching Game 3 because of the missed hand-pass call, the series felt like it could be a turning point for the Sharks. It was the kind of moment that can defeat teams and doom them for the rest of a series. But the Blues, to their credit, played well enough to win Game 4, then outright dominated today in Game 5. It’s the Sharks that seem defeated now. You could see it in their skating and in their faces; they played without cohesion or confidence. Multiple Sharks players left the game due to injuries and did not return. They failed to get the puck past Binnington, even once. And now they have to come to St. Louis again for Game 6.
These Sharks aren’t as good as Winnipeg or Dallas. The Blues by all rights should win. They have better defense and goaltending. Their forwards are skating with more tenacity and strength than the Sharks’ forwards.
Jam the knife into their eye, Blues. Like this:
Let’s go Blues.