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Preview: Game 5 at San Jose

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

GAME 5 AT SAN JOSE

When: Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. CT
Watch: NBC, NBC Sports App
Listen: Y98 FM, NHL App

Best-of-seven series tied, 2-2


SAN JOSE - Blues Head Coach Craig Berube asked his team to move on from a missed call in overtime that decided Game 3, and that's exactly what they did in Game 4 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak scored in the first period for the Blues, who recorded a power-play goal for the second consecutive game. With a 2-0 lead in the first, Jordan Binnington was solid the rest of the way, making 29 saves to record his 10th playoff win - the most ever by a Blues goaltender in a single postseason.

"We just talked about you know, you've got to just move on (from the call)," Berube said after a 2-1 win in Game 4. "The call, you can't change it now. It is what it is. I think we talked in terms like (in Game 3) we had a one-goal lead, we could have closed it out then and we didn't. We let it go to overtime, and the only difference tonight, we closed it out with a one-goal lead."

"Obviously there's different ways to handle that situation, and we did it perfect," Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko said after Game 4. "The atmosphere inside the locker room was good, too. It (didn't) separate us, it keeps us more together… We did what we planned to, and the next game will be really important for us."

The Blues matched their highest playoff win total on Friday with their 10th win. A victory in Game 5 on Sunday would set the franchise record at 11.

"We've just got to play our game," Blues forward Tyler Bozak said. "We've had a lot of success on the road in the playoffs just playing the way we are most successful at getting pucks deep, not turning the puck over and playing in the offensive zone. Obviously it's a tough building to play in, they're a really good hockey team. We're going to have to have our best. Obviously it's the biggest game of the year so we're going to be ready."

Video: Blues, Sharks ready for Game 5

 

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Jordan Binnington
On closing out games late
"The boys were blocking shots everywhere. It's just madness and you just hope for the best, try to close the door."

Brent Burns
Sharks defenseman after a loss in Game 4
"It was a tough first, obviously. After that I think we battled back there, had some good looks. I think we got better. We have to have better. That's a great team over there. Still looking for a solid 60 (minutes) I think."

Tyler Bozak
On what Blues need to do in Game 5
"We've just got to play our game. We've had a lot of success on the road in the playoffs just playing the way we are most successful at getting the pucks deep, not turning the puck over and playing in the offense zone. Obviously it's a tough building to play in, they're a really good hockey team. We're going to have to have our best. Obviously it's the biggest game of the year so we're going to be ready."


BLUE NOTES

Bozak's goal was his second game-winner of this postseason and the third of his career. He has four points in his last five games… Tarasenko has a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists), the longest in his career in the postseason… Pat Maroon has four points in his last five games (one goal, three assists)… The Blues have scored 20 third-period goals this postseason, which ranks second only behind Boston (24)… When the Conference Finals (semifinals) are tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 owns an all-time series record of 19-8 (70.3 percent).

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