The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues play Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) with the best-of-7 series tied 2-2.
Forward Logan Couture is a big reason behind the Sharks' push to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second time since 2016. His 20 points (14 goals, six assists) lead the NHL. He's one goal from passing Joe Pavelski for the most in Sharks history during one postseason and one of 13 players to average at least one point per game (1.11) in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (minimum seven games).
Couture (eight goals, five assists), Tomas Hertl (eight goals, five assists) and Brent Burns (four goals, nine assists) each have 13 points for the Sharks on home ice and are one point from tying the team playoff record shared by Couture (seven goals, seven assists) and Joe Thornton (three goals, 11 assists) in 2016.
Video: Logan Couture ties Sharks playoff goal record
Jaden Schwartz (four points, four assists) and Ryan O'Reilly (three goals, five assists) share the Blues lead with eight points in eight road playoff games and are tied for third in the NHL behind Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand (10 points; five goals, five assists) and David Pastrnak (nine points; four goals, five assists). Four Blues have totaled at least 10 points on the road during a postseason run: Doug Gilmour (15 points; nine goals, six assists in 1986), Bernie Federko (11 points; two goals, nine assists in 1986), Rod Brind'Amour (10 points; four goals, six assists in 1990) and Robby Fabbri (10 points; two goals, eight assists in 2016).
Alex Pietrangelo has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 17 playoff games, one from setting a Blues record for most by a defenseman in one postseason (Joe Micheletti, 1981; Jeff Brown, 1990 and 1991; Al MacInnis 1999).
Importance of winning Game 5
When the conference finals/semifinals are tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 is 19-8 (70.3 percent) in the series.
The Sharks are tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 series for the 19th time in their history and second in 2019. They are 7-11 including a seven-game win against the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Second Round.
The Blues are tied 2-2 after four games for the 25th time (9-15) and third in 2019, eliminating the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars in six and seven games of the first and second round, respectively.