Sharks Good Fortune Continues
The San Jose Sharks were the better team for the majority of Game 3, but they needed a blown call by the referees to avoid the final goal from being called back. Erik Karlsson scored the winning goal in overtime after a clear hand-pass by Timo Meier to Gus Nyquist. Nyquist then slid the puck to Karlsson who buried the puck into the net past St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington.
The hand-pass is non-reviewable as was to the major penalty given to the Las Vegas Golden Knights that turned Game 7 of the Sharks first-round series. The Blues protested the goal vehemently in vain as the referees huddled afterward and then skated off the ice.
Karlsson asked if it was a hand-pass, said: “We weren’t playing handball. We were playing hockey. We deserved to win the game. Neither team drew the shorter stick on any of the calls. It was a fair game”.
The Blues are now in a must-win situation going into Friday night’s Game 4. The Blues will be seeking to avoid falling behind three games to one. The Blues slowing down the Sharks offensive prowess will be the key. The Sharks scored five goals in their Game 3 and six goals in their Game 1 victories.
Bruins Sweep Canes
The Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013.
Blues and Binnington Push Bruins to Brink
One game does not make a series, and this is something both teams will need to keep in mind as they move towards the penultimate Game 6.
Sabres Trying to Escape the Quicksand
The Buffalo Sabres after having a 10-game winning streak early in the season finished with only four more wins than the worst team in hockey.