Sharks survive, plus a wild finish in Winnipeg

Sharks survive, plus a wild finish in Winnipeg

Tomas Hertl nets a pair of goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 win in Game 5, and now trail the Golden Knights 3-2 in the series.(0:28) The San Jose Sharks successfully avoided elimination, while the St.Louis Blues pushed the Winnipeg Jets to the brink.Meanwhile, the nasty Washington Capitals vs.Carolina Hurricanes series got even nastier.Here’s what happened in the NHL last night (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN+), and what to watch for tonight, in today’s edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Jump ahead: Last night’s games | Three Stars Play of the night | Today’s games | Social post of the day Game 4: Carolina Hurricanes 2, Washington Capitals 1.(Series tied 2-2.)In front of the largest crowd (19,202) ever to watch a hockey game at PNC Arena, the “Bunch of Jerks” got even in their increasingly violent series with the Stanley Cup champions.Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen provided the offense as the Hurricanes played without the injured Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland, then lost forward Jordan Martinook during the game.The Capitals got an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal but not much else, once again losing the possession battle to the Canes (who had 55.58 percent of the shot attempts).Most importantly, they lost forward T.J.Oshie to injury after he was cross-checked into the boards by Foegele late in the third period.”It’s an extremely dangerous play.He won’t be with our team for a while.He won’t be playing anytime soon,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said.Game 5: St.Louis Blues 3, Winnipeg Jets 2.(Blues lead series 3-2.)NHL Rule 63.6states that if the puck is shot before the net is displaced by a defensive player, and if that puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goalposts, the goal is allowed.That’s how Brayden Schenn’s goal at 13:52 of the third period counted, the second of three goals in the period for the Blues in their road win over Winnipeg.It’s the first time in 15 years, and fourth time ever, that the road team has won each of the first five games in a seven-game series.The winning goal came with 15 seconds remaining via a Jaden Schwartz deflection.Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots.Game 5: San Jose Sharks 5, Vegas Golden Knights 2.(Knights lead series 3-2.)Coach Peter DeBoer connected the dots succinctly.Goalie Martin Jones had his best game of the series partially because the Sharks gave him a lead rather than surrendering an early goal to the Golden Knights, as they had in Game 2 (58 seconds into the game), Game 3 (16 seconds) and Game 4 (1:11).Instead, Tomas Hertl put a puck past Marc-Andre Fleury 1:16 into the first period and changed the tone and tenor of the game.”I think some of it was situational [for Jones],” DeBoer said.”We were playing from behind in those games.We have to open it up when we’re behind, so he gets more quality looks against him than he would normally get on a night like tonight.Playing with the lead tonight allowed us to defend better.”The Sharks didn’t allow
Sharks survive, plus a wild finish in Winnipeg