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NHL PLAYOFFS

B6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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STANLEY CUP FINALS • BLUES VS. BRUINS Monday 7 p.m. at Boston KSDK (5)

Wednesday 5/29 7 p.m. at Boston NBCSN

Saturday 6/1 7 p.m. at Enterprise NBCSN

Monday 6/3 7 p.m. at Enterprise KSDK (5)

*Thursday 6/6 7 p.m. at Boston KSDK (5)

*Sunday 6/9 7 p.m. at Enterprise KSDK (5)

*Wed. 6/12 7 p.m. at Boston KSDK (5) * If necessary

BLUES NOTEBOOK

Three top players miss game for San Jose BY TOM TIMMERMANN

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Sharks were without their top two goal scorers in the regular season and one of their top defensemen for Game 6 Tuesday night at Enterprise Center. Defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski sat out Game 6 for San Jose, as injuries old and new kept the trio out of the crucial game. Pavelski had 38 goals and Hertl had 35 for the Sharks, and Hertl had nine goals in the first two rounds of the playoffs before being held to one by the Blues in the first five games. Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has been battling leg and groin injuries all season and left Game 5 in the second period. He was questionable going into that game, but coach Peter DeBoer took a chance on playing him, a gamble that didn’t pay off when Karlsson, who missed some shifts late in Game 4, couldn’t continue. Hertl, who was second on the

Sharks in points with 74 in the regular season, was injured in the second period of Game 5 after a hit by Ivan Barbashev in the neutral zone. Neither made the trip to St. Louis. Pavelski made the trip, and DeBoer said he would be a gametime decision, but when the Sharks came out for pregame warm-ups, Pavelski wasn’t there. Dylan Gambrell, who played in eight games for the Sharks in the regular season and one in the playoffs, and Marcus Sorensen, who had played every playoff game before Game 5, stepped in for Hertl and Pavelski, and Tim Heed, who played 37 games in the regular season, replaced Karlsson.

unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. “I don’t know (why), do you have the answer?” Pietrangelo said. “I have no idea. I don’t know, I’ll take that as a compliment, I guess. I guess they think I have an impact on the game. They can run at me all they want. ... If I’ve got to take a few hits to get this team to win, it’s OK with me.” As to a hit on Pavelski that knocked him out of Game 6, Pietrangelo said: “I don’t know what he left with. That’s tough because we kind of got sandwiched between the ref, so I don’t know. I honestly don’t. I hit him and then I looked down and he went off the ice, and I went back to play.”

COME AND GET ME

Defenseman Joel Edmundson, whose power-play time had been largely limited to going onto the ice with a few seconds to play when teams are about to go back to even strength, has been logging regular power-play time in

In the third period of Game 5, the Sharks sent out forward Micheal Haley apparently for the sole purpose of going after Alex Pietrangelo. He repeatedly crosschecked Pietrangelo and got an

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the playoffs. In Game 4, Edmundson played 1:20 on the power play, and in Game 5 he played 3:06 in a game in which the Blues had a man advantage for 9:22. The move was brought on by two events — the injury to defenseman Vince Dunn in Game 3 and the Blues giving up a shorthanded goal and another goal to a player right out of the penalty box in Game 2. “I enjoy it,” Edmundson said. “It’s obviously a new thing for me. I played a bit in juniors, but over the past five years there hasn’t been much power-play time. Just watching some video, talking to my unit, figuring out where I should be, what I should do. It’s still a learning process. I’m just trying to be out there and keep it simple.” One of Edmundson’s responsibilities on the power play is to make sure there aren’t any more short-handed goals for the opposition. “Absolutely,” he said. “That’s the main reason I’m out there.

Throughout the playoffs, we’ve been having too many odd-man rushes when they’re on the penalty kill. I’m out there as a safety valve. I just want to keep it simple and get pucks on net and let the forwards bury it.” “With Dunn out of the lineup, Eddie’s a good choice,” coach Craig Berube said. “Eddie’s got some good power-play skills actually. He makes some good plays out there on the power play. He’s got a pretty good shot.” There were a few times earlier in the season when Berube told Edmundson to be ready to go on the ice on the power play because Pietrangelo or Colton Parayko needed a breather when rolling up the heavy minutes they often do. “At the moment I was pretty happy that they kept those guys out there,” Edmundson said, “but now that I’ve got a few reps in today and watched some video, I’m pretty comfortable now.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

Blues From B1

Round 1 and Dallas in Round 2, the series-clinching triumph came at home. To say that the crowd was jacked up Tuesday would be understatement. With tornado warnings blaring and fans instructed to enter the arena bowl (and get away from the glass at the Enterprise entrance), the puck dropped for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. It didn’t take long for the excitement to bubble over into a roar. On a sequence that started with a 2-on-1 break with Ryan O’Reilly and Sammy Blais, Blais took a pass from O’Reilly all alone in the right faceoff circle. Blais had time to measure his shot and find the net just 92 seconds into play. The goal originally was credited to Blais, but then was changed to David Perron on a net-front deflection. It was Perron’s sixth of this postseason and third of this series. With the Blues’ defense limiting San Jose’s attack to the perimeter, St. Louis controlled much of the opening period. The Blues were as energized as the crowd, and perhaps had too much adrenaline flowing at times as several passes and potential scoring chances missed connections. With just 3:51 left in first, San Jose’s Barclay Goodrow was whistled for tripping Robert Bortuzzo. The Blues’ new-look/old-look power play unit took the ice and needed only seven seconds to score. Stationed in one of his favorite spots, the left faceoff circle, Vladimir Tarasenko zipped a high shot on the near side past Sharks goalie Martin Jones. So it was 2-0 Blues and Enterprise was about as loud as it has been all season. The goal extended Tarasenko’s career-long postseason point streak to six games — all six games of this series. It was his eighth goal of the postseason and third of this season. Since coach Craig Berube went with Tarasenko, O’Reilly, Colton Parayko, Tyler Bozak and Pat Maroon on the first unit — the same five that opened the season on the top power play unit — the Blues have scored a power play goal in all four games in this series. The only reason why Dylan Gambrell was in the lineup Tuesday for San Jose was because Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl were both out of the lineup due to injury. The 22-year-old center had only 11 regular-season games on his resume, and Tuesday marked just his second postseason game. Nonetheless, he made the Blues sweat for a while in the second period, when he got behind the St. Louis defense for a mini-breakaway and beat Jordan Binnington with a high wrister from about 25 feet. The Sharks caught the Blues changing defensemen on the goal, which came at the 6:40 mark of the period. But the crowd didn’t get restless, and the Blues didn’t get tight. They just kept playing, until San Jose’s Justin Braun was sent off for hooking Robert Thomas. With just 10 seconds left on the power play, Alex Pietrangelo fired from just inside the blueline in the middle of the ice. Jones left a rebound at his feet. Brayden Schenn, dug the puck away from the feet of Jones and sent home the rebound for a 3-1 Blues lead at the 12:47 mark of the period.

J.B. FORBES, JFORBES@POST-DISPATCH.COM

The Sharks’ Logan Couture couldn’t get to the rebound that bounced off Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during the second period Tuesday night.

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First period B: Perron 6 (Blais, O’Reilly), 1:32. B: Tarasenko 8 (Parayko, O’Reilly), 16:16 (pp). Penalties: Goodrow, SJ, (tripping), 16:09. Second period S: Gambrell 1 (Donskoi, Jones), 6:40. B: Schenn 2 (Thomas, Pietrangelo), 12:47 (pp). Penalties: Braun, SJ, (hooking), 10:57. Third period B: Bozak 5 (Perron, O’Reilly), 13:05. B: Barbashev 2 (Sundqvist), 17:45. Penalties: Maroon, STL, (tripping), 1:36. Shots on goal San Jose 9 Blues 7

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Power-plays San Jose 0 of 1; Blues 2 of 2. Goaltenders San Jose, Jones 10-8 (18 shots-14 saves). Blues, Binnington 11-7 (26-25). A: 18,684. COLTER PETERSON, CPETERSON@POST-DISPATCH.COM Referees: Francis Charron, Gord Dwyer. Blues center Robert Thomas (left) and Sharks left wing Evander Kane go down while fighting for the puck during Linesmen: Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey.

the first period Tuesday night. offs (two goals, 11 assists) a Blues postseason record for a defenseman. The Blues were on their heels early in the third period, in part because a Pat Maroon tripping penalty put San Jose on the power play just 1 ½ minutes in. Kevin Labanc of the Sharks hit the crossbar on the power play. Then Logan Couture, got beCOLTER hind the Blues’ defense but BinPETERSON, nington made a calm — not nerCPETERSON @POST-DISPATCH. vous — glove save with 9 1/ minCOM utes left to play. With less than eight minutes to play San Jose had 10 shots in the third period to zero for the plays. It looked like the Sharks weren’t going away. Until that is, Tyler Bozak’s fifth postseason goal deflected in off the stick of Gustav Nyquist. It was 4-1 with 6:55 to play and the Blues could see all the way to Boston, even before Ivan Barbashev’s empty-netter his game-tying goal in Game 5 of made it 5-1. the Winnipeg series. Jim Thomas Pietrangelo’s assist on the play @jthom1 on Twitter gave him 13 points for these play- jthomas@post-dispatch.com Blues left wing David Perron (57) scores against Sharks goaltender Martin Jones during the first period of Game 6.

After the Blues’ Game 2 victory in this series, Schenn uttered what could be considered a team battle cry by saying: “We’re not

going away.” He made his rebound attempt go away — right into the San Jose net — for his second goal of the playoffs and his first since