Posted: 4/22/2012 11:57:20 AM
I went to game 5 last night. Great atmosphere in the beginning and of course at the end! After the Perron goal, the roof was ready to blow. It has been a long time coming for the Blue Note.
The Blues did the things necessary (post #2 in this thread) to beat the Sharks:
*Elliott outplayed Niemi
*Blues scored many PP goals & won the special teams battle
*Limit the secondary scoring from the Sharks
From post #28
"I will say the Blues usually chew up opposing teams that aren't disciplined and teams that don't play hard all of the time. The Sharks are the definition of that team."
I thought the Sharks forwards should have been more physical in this series, but they seemed to lack the intensity. I have always ripped Thornton and Marleau, but I must say Thornton played hard and well for most of the series and especially last night. On the other hand, Marleau is and always has been a complete waste of physical talent. No points in 9 games this year vs St. Louis and it appears that he was just going thru the motions until too late. They only won game 1 because Halak let in a few softies in that game and that was also the only game Niemi played well.
GM Wilson should have traded Marleau a few years back, but has now waited too long because of salary and age. It has always amazed me why Wilson always gets a free pass and never appears to be in trouble to keep his job. The Sharks simply don't have the consistency, intensity, and goaltending to win 16 games in one playoff year to win it all. Hell, they'll never win 12 games and make the finals with this nucleous.
Pavelski also was shutout, but at least he hustles. Dan Boyle has definitely lost a step as he is nearing the last years of his career. We'll see what Wilson does this summer. Can he get a team to take the lazy and indifferent Marleau off his hands?
The rough stuff that took part in the 3rd period of game 2 seemed to galvanize the Note. Andy McDonald played with a fury that I have never seen before after he took the head shot in game 2. His dominance in SJ was the difference. I must give credit to another guy that I didn't think had it in him and that is Patrik Berglund. He contributed offensively and continues to impress with his defensive game.
That 2nd line of the Blues carried the team while the Backes line was relatively quiet in the offensive end. The d-men held up in this series, but didn't take the physical abuse I thought they would.
Last nights win is big because so the team didn't have to travel all the way back to San Jose again and also gives them some time to heal some injuries. Halak is rumored to be almost ready to practice again, but obviously he won't play in another game unless Elliott gets hurt or has a couple of poor games.
The Blues next opponent can still be any team remaining except the Nucks. If LA beats Vancouver the Blues will play the Kings. You might get some rare 4.5 on the totals if that matchup happens. It probably would not occur until game 3 if the first two games are 2-1, 2-0, or 1-0 finals.