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NHL West Update: San Jose Sharks On The Precipice Of The NHL Finals

May 24, 2016

Joe Pavelski, who has been a brilliant performer in these playoffs, scored two goals, the tying and go ahead game winner, as the San Jose Sharks moved to the precipice of their first Stanley Cup Final’s appearance, doubling the St. Louis Blues (6-30 in game 5 at St. Louis last night.

After exchanging (6-3) road victories, the Sharks (0-3) in previous semi-finals are one win away from the NHL finals for the first time. They hope to advance to the finals with a home win Wednesday night in front of what should be a rollicking crowd in San Jose.

The Sharks are (5-2) at home in these ‘offs, while the Blues are (6-3) on the road.

Each team has been frustrated in not ever making a post expansion division final series but the Sharks’ core players, all fine ones, such as Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture (he and Pavelski lead all playoff scorers with 21 points each, Pavelski leads with 12 goals) and Joe Thornton have actually suffered semis defeats, while no current Blues’ player has done so with the Blues.

That intangible, the fact I feel the Sharks have the only tough loss in the series and a big opportunity at home, makes my prediction that the 3 to 2 favorite, Sharks will win game 6.

 

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A younger Logan Couture, pictured above.

 

 

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