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
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
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.
Big Rig is BUZZZZZINGGGG pic.twitter.com/wQjTuhpPty— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) May 18, 2019
Ivan Barbashev is really a treasure.
Ivan Barbashev on the #stlblues' defensive determination in Game 4: "I think in the second and the third we gave them a lot of chances. I think they took over for a long time — a couple really long shifts — but we did a really good job defending." pic.twitter.com/xTk3ZbqAw8— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) May 18, 2019
Hashtag Fancy Stats
To help put the 3 Wins in the Playoffs by the Blues when scoring 2 Goals or less in perspective....— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) May 18, 2019
The Blues had only 3 Wins in the Regular season when scoring 2 Goals or less in non shootout Wins.#stlblues https://t.co/zwnwWiY3Z3
And finally, the best part of tonight? Laila got to see a win.
"I know if I can do what I've gone through, those boys can win the Stanley Cup." - Laila Anderson ❤️@Frank_Cusumano caught up with the most inspirational #STLBlues fan in town tonight after Game 4.— Corey Miller (@corey_miller5) May 18, 2019
Laila knows this team isn't close to being done. pic.twitter.com/SoDUCoM8oc
Player of the Game:
He’s now 11-2 after a loss.