GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

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GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby dmiles2186 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:19 am

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Big Story: It doesn't take long for the tide to turn in a playoff series, and after seeing the Sharks wrest away home-ice advantage by winning the opening game in double overtime, the Blues have regained it by taking the next two -- most recently Game 3 in San Jose on Monday. Now, the Sharks find themselves in the position previously occupied by the Blues, needing to earn a split in their building to avoid going down two games. Their situation is even more dire, though, because a St. Louis victory on Thursday pushes San Jose to the brink of elimination with the series shifting back to Scottrade Center on Saturday.

Team Scope:

Blues: Having to switch your starting goalie in the postseason would be enough to throw many teams off kilter, but St. Louis was accustomed all season to alternating between Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak and winning games regardless of which one was in net. So when Halak was injured early in the second period of Game 2 and Elliott had to come in, the Blues just continued on their shutout way, tying up the series, and Elliott followed up with 26 saves in Monday's 4-3 win at HP Pavilion. Two of the goals came in the final 3:02 after the Blues had taken control of the game. Patrik Berglund, Jason Arnott and Alex Steen all connected on the power play, while Andy McDonald scored for the second consecutive game to pace the offense.

"We just do what we do," coach Ken Hitchcock said of the power play. "I don't think we get enough credit. If you look at our power play, I think we finished mid-pack, somewhere around there, but we made a heck of a climb because we were in 30th place and everybody was laughing at us around Christmas time, so we've made a heck of a climb since then. And I think our power play has been a threat now for almost 40 days. We've done good things."

Sharks: Giving up four goals to the team with the NHL's stingiest defense in the regular season isn't a recipe for success, and considering San Jose had the League's 29th-ranked penalty kill and has now given up five power-play goals in 13 times shorthanded in this series, the Sharks' first order of business in Game 4 needs to be to stay out of the penalty box. On the bright side, after managing just a Brent Burns power-play goal in over 96 minutes against Elliott, the offense got goals late from Colin White and Logan Couture to perhaps put a little crack in the façade of the netminder who finished first in goals-against average and save percentage.

"Panic? Absolutely no," defenseman Dan Boyle said in the San Jose Mercury News. "It's a series. … The next game is absolutely huge. We've got to come back, get the second win, and then we start over."

Who's Hot: Berglund now has three goals in the series, while McDonald leads the Blues with five points. … Sharks captain Joe Thornton assisted on all three of his team's goals on Monday.

Injury Report: Halak suffered a lower-body injury in Game 2 and didn't dress Monday as St. Louis recalled Jake Allen from the AHL. Halak remains day-to-day.

Stat Pack: Arnott's goal was the 32nd of his playoff career, with half coming on the power play. The Blues became the sixth different team he's recorded a postseason power-play goal for, joining the Oilers, Devils, Stars, Predators and Capitals. … White has scored on each of his last two playoff shots -- the previous one before Monday came as a member of the Devils, on April 16, 2010, in Game 2 of a first-round series against the Flyers. Prior to that, White didn't have a playoff goal since 2000.

Puck Drop: In spite of Thornton's trifecta of assists in Game 3, the top line for San Jose has yet to score a goal in the series. In fact, other than those Thornton helpers they haven't managed a point -- Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski still have all zeroes next to their names in the scoring columns. That's something else that must change for the Sharks to get back in this series.

"Obviously there's a time factor," Marleau said in the Mercury News. "We need to win. So we'd like to see some pucks start to go in. Once you do let pressure start to set in, it's over. So we need to focus on figuring this out."
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby DaDitka » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:10 am

Per JR's twitter" The Blues do not plan any line-up changes tonight


So 25 is back on the ice.

I believe we can overcome both him and the Sharks

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby thedoc » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:37 am

I would rather see Porter than Stewart. Stewart skated hard last game, but it was like he was doing laps for conditioning. I think Elliott is going to be hot tonight and I think we have got some mojo going on the PP.

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby F Keenan » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:45 am

Blues 4
Sharks 1

12 Hours 45 minutes to game time. :facepalm: (Frank) the west coast for being on the west coast.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby STLADOGG » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:24 am

F Keenan wrote:Blues 4
Sharks 1

12 Hours 45 minutes to game time. :facepalm: (Frank) the west coast for being on the west coast.

12 hours and 6 mins now lol
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby drwoland » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:38 am

AWWWWW YEAAHHHHHH

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(Frank) em.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby cprice12 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:41 am

Win this game and the series is essentially ours.

We have been the better team in every game during the season and in every game so far in this series. That's 7 straight games. I see no reason why that would change tonight.

Blues - 4
Sharks - 2
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby dmiles2186 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:01 am

I made mention of this in the GDT for Game 3. I came into games 3 and 4 hoping the Blues would get a split. They've won the first...I'm going to be greedy and hope we get the 2nd.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby fargoblues » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:05 am

F--- these bishes, i mean fishes. No, I got it right the first time.

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby Tizzel2 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:58 am

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby glen a richter » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:32 am

Blues 2
Sharks 1

8X OT, I wake up and check the score only to see they're still playing.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby gaijin » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:05 pm

glen a richter wrote:Blues 2
Sharks 1

8X OT, I wake up and check the score only to see they're still playing.


By 8OT, it will be time to go back to work!

Even when we win this game in regulation, tomorrow morning will be painful.

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby KPFBlue » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:08 pm

Goalies steal the show in this one, boys.

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby ohio BLUES » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:15 pm

KPFBlue wrote:Official 2011-12 sponsor of Chris Stewart

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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby sseagle » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:28 pm

I am hoping for lots of overtime so i can call in sick tomorrow.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby Jaykay » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:20 pm

Blues 2

Sharks 0

The game starts (04:30am) half an hour before my alarm-clock starts to ring (05:00am) - at least I will happen to see a period or so :aaaa:


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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby F Keenan » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:53 pm

Jaykay wrote:Blues 2

Sharks 0

The game starts (04:30am) half an hour before my alarm-clock starts to ring (05:00am) - at least I will happen to see a period or so :aaaa:


:letsgoblues:


Call in sick or have "car trouble" you pansy.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby goon attack » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:29 pm

I am not making a prediction, I just want to see another road game clinic, without the near epic meltdown at the end.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby glen a richter » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:48 pm

If I have as miserable a time trying to fall asleep tonight as I have every other day this freaking week, I might end up staying up to watch the entire game... and the post game... and the post game replay.
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Re: GDT: 4/19/12 > Game 4 > Blues @ Sharks > 9:30 PM

Postby SamJunior » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:58 pm

Jaykay wrote:Blues 2

Sharks 0

The game starts (04:30am) half an hour before my alarm-clock starts to ring (05:00am) - at least I will happen to see a period or so :aaaa:


:letsgoblues:


Fortunately I have nothing to do this Friday morning, so this time the 4:30 AM start doesn't hurt me, and I'm able to watch the whole game.

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