The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, two-games-to-one.
Game 1: Blues 2, Sharks 1
Game 2: Sharks 4, Blues 0
Game 3: Sharks 3, Blues 0
Game 4: Saturday, May 21, Blues @ Sharks, 4:15 p.m.
Game 5: Monday, May 23, Sharks @ Blues, 5 p.m.
*Game 6: Wednesday, May 25, Blues @ Sharks, 6 p.m.
*Game 7: Friday, May 27, Sharks @ Blues, 5 p.m.
Tomas Hertl scored twice and Martin Jones became the first Sharks goalie to ever record back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs, as the Sharks downed the Blues at SAP Center on Thursday, 3-0. Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton each had two assists, while the Sharks were outshot for the game, 22-16.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Thornton. The Blues have had no answers for the Sharks’ top line, led by Thornton, who is now as close as he’s ever been to making his first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in his 18-year career. The 36-year-old has 13 points (3g, 10a) in 15 games, fourth on the team in scoring, while his line, with Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski, has been driving play for San Jose.
Blues: Jake Allen. The 25-year-old Blues goalie will be making his first playoff start of the year, after Brian Elliott was pulled late in Game 3. Allen appeared in all six playoff games for the Blues last season, going 2-4 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. In five career games against the Sharks, he’s 2-2-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .913 SP.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (starter)
Jaden Schwartz – Alex Steen – Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri – Paul Stastny – Troy Brouwer
Patrik Berglund – Jori Lehtera – David Backes
Magnus Paajarvi – Kyle Brodziak – Dmitrij Jaskin
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Colton Parayko – Kevin Shattenkirk
Carl Gunnarsson – Robert Bortuzzo
Jake Allen (starter)
Goals per game: 3.27
Goals-against per game: 2.00
Power play: 28.8 percent
Penalty kill: 83.7 percent
Goals per game: 2.71
Goals-against per game: 2.47
Power play: 24.5 percent
Penalty kill: 79.6 percent
Sharks: Matt Nieto (undisclosed) is doubtful.
Blues: Scottie Upshall (upper body) is probable.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 9-4 all-time when ahead in a series, two-games-to-one. They are 10-1 when leading three-games-to-one, and 5-9 when a series is tied at two games apiece.
San Jose is 17-16 all-time in Game 4’s, including 9-8 at home.
Facts and figures
*The Blues have been shutout in consecutive playoff games for the first time in franchise history. They have not scored in 150 minutes and 45 seconds.
*Jones’ current shutout streak of 147:43 (he was pulled in Game 1 for an extra skater) trails Evgeni Nabokov’s franchise mark of 178:14, set in 2004.
*San Jose has won six straight home games and are 6-1 overall at SAP Center.
*Logan Couture leads the NHL in playoff scoring with 20 points (7g, 13a).
*Vladimir Tarasenko, Robby Fabbri and Troy Brouwer all have yet to record a point in the series.
“From time to time, but the main thing is we’ve got 10 wins right now. Our goal is 16. That’s the number I look at.” – Logan Couture, when asked if he looks at his name atop the NHL playoff scorers list