TYCHKOWSKI: Blues coach says Game 1 loss to Sharks ‘self-inflicted’

May 14 13:26 2019

But that goal was challenged by the Sharks and officials determined that the play was offside because Gabriel Landeskog didn’t get into the Colorado bench in time. “It’s gonna be a physical series and gonna take the best of us, but we’re prepared”. The decision was made in accordance to Rule 83.3 (i), ‘All players of the offending team clear the zone at the same instant (skate contact with the blue line) permitting attacking players to re-enter the attacking zone…’

“It’s a clumsy mistake, you know?”

“It’s not just win one for Joe, it’s win one for all of us”. We debate the key factors that will determine the outcome and make our picks. Maybe it was San Jose taking their foot off the gas with a late lead? “There weren’t a lot of scoring chances either way, and the ones they got were forced from turnovers, we gave it to them”.

The Blues are averaging 0.59 power play goals per game, which is tied for 11th in the National Hockey League.

Bozak scored with 6:59 left in the third for the Blues but they couldn’t get any closer despite pulling Binnington with more than four minutes remaining.

The Sharks, buoyed by Joe Pavelski’s return from a head injury and then by a pair of points from their captain, were the better team for big chunks of the evening, but who knows what would have unfolded if the underdog Avs had equalized.

Asked if the Sharks maybe caught his team by surprise with their speed and tenacity on the puck, Berube answered with a hard no, reiterating that Game 1 wasn’t about what San Jose did. That was the team’s second seven-game series of the postseason following a round one win over the Vegas Golden Knights. “I think our team is built that we have many layers”.

“This is a tough league with a lot of parity”. It wasn’t going to be one guy that was going to win this game. They have short careers and an even shorter window to get a significant contract, so they are going to try and cash in when they can. He did not face the sharks in the regular season.

The second point is just …

They are the reason San Jose scored five times in the first two periods.

Gunnarsson logged 16:46 in ice time during the Blues, 2-1 double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, but he did not take a shift in the second extra frame. This series has been very competitive throughout, and neither team has managed to win two games in a row. After falling behind 1-0 3:31 into the contest, the Blues tied it at 1-1 on a Joel Edmundson goal at the 10:47 mark off assists from Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven affair will be Monday in San Jose, Calif.

“There are four teams still playing”.

NOTES: Couture also had 10 goals in the playoffs in 2016, joining Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov and Jake Guentzel as the only active players with at least two seasons of 10 or more postseason goals. And we doubt they’ll be the last. But more importantly, the Bruins’ stingy defense has played an important role in their climb to the top of the Stanley Cup odds, where they now are +140 favorites. “He’s going to make sure”, said Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer prior to the pre-game warmups.

Their starting puck-stopper, Jones, was superb against the Avalanche, likely helping fans in San Jose forget he was hooked twice in the opening round. As Emily wrote above, Colorado’s top line can put up shots in a hurry, and if Jones falters early, the Sharks may not be able to climb back without another four-goal Game 7 power play.

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TYCHKOWSKI: Blues coach says Game 1 loss to Sharks ‘self-inflicted’
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