ST. LOUIS - With a convincing 5-0 win in Game 5 on Sunday afternoon in San Jose, the St. Louis Blues set a franchise record with their 11th win of the postseason - their most ever in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a single year.
The previous high was 10 wins, which was set during the 1986 season (10-9) and matched again in 2016 (10-10).
With a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series against San Jose, the Blues are just one win away from moving on to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.
Here are some other historical notes from Game 5's win:
- The Blues are 7-2 on the road in this postseason and became the 18th team in NHL history to win at least seven of its first nine road games in a playoff year. Last season, the Washington Capitals accomplished the same feat on the way to capturing their first Stanley Cup.
- Jaden Schwartz scored his second hat trick of the postseason, becoming the first player in Blues history to score multiple hat tricks in a single playoff year. Schwartz is the first NHL player to accomplish the feat since Detroit's Johan Franzen did the same thing in 2008 en route to claiming the Stanley Cup in 2008. Schwartz now ranks second in the League in goals with 12 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and is one goal shy of matching the franchise record for the most in a postseason (Brett Hull - 13, 1990).
- Vladimir Tarasenko became the first player in Blues history to score a playoff goal on a penalty shot. He is just the fourth player in NHL history to score on a penalty shot in the Conference Finals / Semifinals, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic.
- Jordan Binnington became the first rookie goaltender in Blues history to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, stopping 21 shots in Game 5. Binnington has stopped 50 of the last 51 shots he has faced.
The Blues will have a chance to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Enterprise Center (7 p.m., NBCSN, Y98 FM).
When the Conference Finals / Semifinals are tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 19-8 (70.3 percent).