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The Roundup- Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: May 18/19

The Sharks made it close, but an early lead by the Blues held up to tie the series at two games a piece.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

ST LOUIS BLUES 2 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1- (Series tied 2-2)

Ivan Barbashev scored his first of the playoffs 35 seconds in, and a late period goal from Tyler Bozak would be the eventual winner as the St Louis Blues hung on for a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks last night. The series now heads back to the Bay Area tied at 2 games a piece.

Barbashev’s goal got the fans fired up early, it would seem...

Late in the period the Sharks were down a man, and with Timo Meier in the box, the Blues PP went to work:

Kudos to the script writers on this one, much better than the folks mangling up the last season of Game Of Thrones right now. Meier being in the box for the winning goal? Hollywood-level brilliance.

Anyway, there’s nothing of note that happens in the 2nd, but in the 3rd the Sharks get a power play of their own, and it’s Tomas Hertl who breaks the shutout with his 10th of the playoffs.

The Sharks are getting concerned about the health of Erik Karlsson. Karlsson missed a good chunk of the 3rd period, on the bench and in apparent pain. There’s nothing from the team for the moment, but with tomorrow’s game scheduled for Noon Pacific time, we should hear whether or not the pending UFA is able to go. If he’s out, that’s a big blow to the Sharks chances.