Things escalated quickly in the Western Conference Finals Game 5.
Despite the San Jose Sharks coming out firing, and both teams hitting goalposts early on, the St. Louis Blues went up 2-0 off Sharks giveaways — and then the potential dagger by Vladimir Tarasenko.
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The Blues winger was hauled down by a gassed Brent Burns in the second period on a breakaway attempt, which he also got a great scoring chance on after he got back up. Awarded the second-ever postseason penalty shot by a St. Louis Blues player, Tarasenko did what Jimmy Robert could not back in Game 4 of the1968 semifinals — he scored.
The goal, a fantastic shot that went top corner past the glove of netminder Martin Jones, marked Tarasenko’s seventh goal of the playoffs, and second of the series. He joins Wayne Gretzky (1984, Edmonton Oilers), Mats Sundin (1999, Toronto Maple Leafs) and Joe Sakic (2001, Colorado Avalanche) as the only players to score a penalty-shot goal in the conference finals or semifinals.
St. Louis’ fans loved it back at their viewing party at Enterprise Center while the Sharks fans sat in silence.
— 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis (@101espn) May 19, 2019
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