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Sharks Vs. Blues Round 3 Game 4 Recap

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A strong performance from Jordan Binnington and some early offense helped the Blues drop the Sharks 2-1.

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

Blues Lineup:

Forwards

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen

Defense

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First Period -

The Blues needed just 35 seconds to net the first goal of the night. The goal came on the first shot of the night. Alexander Steen put pressure on Brent Burns behind the net. That caused Burns to lose the puck and Barbashev collected it. Barbashev fired the puck on net. The puck deflected off a Shark and past Martin Jones giving the Blues the very early lead.

Binnington makes a great save while staring down Melker Karlsson in front of the net.

Moments later the Blues were on the power play. Ryan O’Reilly won the faceoff to Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko fired the puck and Maroon was in front to collect the rebound. The puck bounced around in front for a moment and was eventually kicked in by a Shark. Tyler Bozak was there too, so they gave him credit for the goal. Blues up 2-0.

Shots for the period were 10-9 in favor of the Blues.

Second Period -

Nothing happened goal wise, but the Sharks were definitely coming on stronger than they did in the first. Shots were 11-8 in favor of the Sharks.

Third Period -

The Sharks were finally able to net a puck in the third. On the Sharks power play Tomas Hertl sticked the puck over the line after Binnington had stopped the majority of the Burns shot. Blues now with just a one goal lead.

Despite the Sharks coming on the second half of the game, the Blues were able to hold on to the 2-1 lead. The end of the game looked similar (and just as nerve racking) as the end of game 3. The Blues didn’t give up the last minute goal this time. They tie the series at 2 games a piece and hopefully get the bad taste of game three out of their mouths. Game 5 is Sunday afternoon in San Jose.

Final Shot Totals - 30 SJS 22 STL

From The Twitter:

I for one bow down to our pantless bear overlord.

Woooo!!

Ivan Barbashev is really a treasure.

Hashtag Fancy Stats

And finally, the best part of tonight? Laila got to see a win.

Player of the Game:

He’s now 11-2 after a loss.