So were their spirits.
The Sharks and Blues entered Game Five of the Western Conference Final tied with two wins apiece. St. Louis is the best road team in these playoffs, going 7-2 so far. It's pretty safe to say that this game was a complete unmitigated disaster for the Sharks, who now have to travel back to St. Louis with their season on the line in Game 6.
Schwartz is the first player to have two hat tricks in the same playoffs since Johan Franzen did it for Detroit in 2008 and is the first to do it for the Blues. "Obviously, it's something that everyone has worked for and dreamed about". St. Louis has not returned to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1970, and have yet to win one.
"Arguably a five-minute major on Tommy Hertl, if you get that - that's a momentum-changing play right there", the coach said.
The Sharks weren't close to the Blues on Sunday.
San Jose has been scoring goals like insane in the playoffs, but their offense has been completely non-existent in the last two games. Over the final two periods, the Blues outshot the Sharks 36-10 and outscored them 4-0. Sharks analyst Jamie Baker pointed out that being on extended penalty kills when the bench is already short is extra demanding on a team that's chasing the game.
"We're still alive", San Jose centre Logan Couture said.
Sure, many players at this point in the Stanley Cup playoffs are playing through their fair share of bumps and bruises.
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The Sharks will try to rally themselves with the knowledge they are 4-0 when facing elimination in these playoffs.
Oh, and Martin Jones has to be the best version of himself. For the first time on Sunday, it really felt as though the game ended with the Blues second goal.
Karlsson's tenure in San Jose has been mostly mired by a lingering groin injury. Vladimir Tarasenko was granted a penalty shot a few minutes later after Brent Burns tripped him up on a breakaway chance.
Tarasenko buried his penalty shot to make it 3-0. It's like the universe shifted in the Blues favor with one single call. The Blues allowed just 2.68 goals per game during the regular season, and their defense has stepped up as well.
The Blues might have won this series in five games had officials not missed Timo Meier's hand pass that set up Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 3. In fact, a player who racks up these stats is likely one who spends a lot of time in his own end chasing the puck. "Had to go on the road and win in Vegas in order to get to a Game 7". You're never comfortable when your backs are against the wall like that, but we have been here before and found a way.
"We're going to go into a tough building, but we feel confident going in there".
The Blues are 25-18-7 against Western Conference opponents. Health can often be the deciding factor this time of year, and the Blues certainly have the edge there at the moment. "Just keep cool and let it happen". That 20 percent is based less on logic than it is based on the fact that. look, I've covered San Jose for three rounds. "Our group is so tight in here".
"He's a 200-foot player for us and he's around the net for us, that's where he scores". The days of the hard-hitting, shot-blocking, stay-at-home defenseman may not be entirely dead (here, I owe a tip of the cap to Messieurs Ron Hainsey, Brooks Orpik and Roman Polák), but they are certainly dwindling.