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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Finals Open Thread- May 15/19

After splitting the first two games in San Jose the series shifts to St Louis. Who’s going to retake the lead?

NHL: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports


As if the thought of Boston beating Carolina wasn’t nauseating enough, there’s a pretty good chance they’ll have about a week to rest and await their opponent from the West as this one looks very much like it will go the distance if the first two games are any indication.

After getting run over in the first contest, the Blues came back on Monday and played a smart, defensively sound game (apart from a 2 minute span in the 2nd where Logan Couture was a human cheat code). It’s a great matchup, and it’s going to come down to which team makes mistakes and whether or not their opponent can capitalize on them.

Game 1 was all about the Sharks making the most of St Louis miscues, while Game 2 was San Jose not focusing on eliminating scoring chances from the Blues defence that came back to haunt them. Unlike the Eastern series where we have a team shooting themselves in the foot while the opposition goalie acts like he’s seeing everything in slow motion, this one is all about the coaches and who is going to outsmart the other. One would think that the experience edge Pete DeBoer has over Craig Berube would be apparent, but it’s a testament to just how good Berube’s been and what a smart move it was by the Blues to bring him in.


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