Scoring Chances: Game 5 @ St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 21: Jamie Langenbrunner #15 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his game-tying goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Sharks 3-1 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Sharks' play in the second period was the best single-period performance by either team in this series. San Jose outchanced St. Louis 8-2 in the middle frame (8-1 at evens), winning puck battles and dominating possession for the vast majority of the twenty minutes. Unfortunately, the other forty minutes of Game 5 turned out pretty ugly as the Sharks failed to register a single scoring chance in the first period then watched their third period defensive shell backfire; San Jose yielded five consecutive scoring chances at one point in the third with the final two ending up in the back of their net and clinching the series for the Blues.

I'll have a more comprehensive review of the scoring chances from this series in the coming days but I do think there are reasons to be less than repulsed about what transpired without having to glue on teal-colored glasses. Despite ending after just five games, it was a tightly contested series with the Sharks actually outchancing the Blues 71-68 overall and 49-48 at even-strength. Although score effects certainly need to be taken into consideration since San Jose trailed for nearly the entire series, those are fairly impressive feats given that St. Louis has probably been the best team in the NHL all season and should easily be the favorites to win it all considering the volume of mediocre teams poised to advance.

Best EV Forward: Daniel Winnik (+3)

Worst EV Forward: Andrew Desjardins (-1)

Best EV Defenseman: Brent Burns, Douglas Murray, Dan Boyle (all +3)

Worst EV Defenseman: Justin Braun (even), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (even)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 8 2 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 4 5 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 12 10 11 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
STL 1 7:09 Arnott PP 3 8 19 31 44 1 10 20 21 28 44 4v5
STL 1 5:46 Backes PP 3 17 31 44 69 1 22 27 42 57 74 4v5
STL 1 0:13 Oshie T 8 12 29 31 44 88 1 27 28 42 57 74 5v5
STL 2 18:33 Pietrangelo P 8 19 22 31 39 44 1 27 28 42 57 74 5v5
SJS 2 18:03 Thornton P 3 8 19 31 39 88 1 27 28 42 57 74 5v5
SJS 2 15:40 Couture F 9 19 22 29 31 60 1 4 10 20 21 46 5v5
SJS 2 14:11 Handzus F 3 17 22 26 31 34 1 5 12 15 22 26 5v5
SJS 2 12:45 Boyle T 9 12 22 29 31 61 1 5 28 42 57 74 5v5
STL 2 11:07 Pietrangelo PP 17 19 31 44 61 1 22 27 42 57 74 4v5
SJS 2 5:02 Clowe P 5 9 12 29 31 61 1 4 10 20 21 46 5v5
SJS 2 3:16 Wingels P 26 31 34 44 57 88 1 5 17 22 25 44 5v5
SJS 2 0:46 Mitchell P 5 17 19 31 34 61 1 15 27 28 42 57 5v5
SJS 2 0:41 Goal - Thornton P 5 17 19 31 34 61 1 15 27 28 42 57 5v5
SJS 3 16:46 Havlat T 9 12 29 31 44 88 1 4 10 20 42 46 5v5
STL 3 15:39 Langenbrunner R 5 17 26 31 34 61 1 5 12 15 22 26 5v5
STL 3 11:25 Arnott P 5 17 26 31 34 61 1 5 17 22 25 44 5v5
STL 3 9:58 Oshie T 5 19 31 57 61 69 1 4 21 46 57 74 5v5
STL 3 8:44 Goal - Langenbrunner R 5 9 12 29 31 61 1 4 12 15 26 46 5v5
STL 3 7:59 Goal - Perron P 5 9 12 29 31 61 1 21 27 28 57 74 5v5
SJS 3 7:02 Burns T 3 17 26 31 34 88 1 4 21 46 57 74 5v5
SJS 3 3:50 Marleau PP 8 12 19 22 31 39 1 5 12 17 27 5v4
SJS 3 2:26 Pavelski P 8 12 22 31 39 61 1 10 22 42 46 74 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
3 D. MURRAY 9:18 3 0 0:03 0 0 1:57 0 2
5 C. WHITE 13:38 3 5 0:00 0 0 1:45 0 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 18:04 2 2 2:24 1 0 1:33 0 1
9 M. HAVLAT 16:56 4 2 2:21 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 16:58 4 3 1:36 1 0 1:05 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 12:57 4 2 0:03 0 0 1:22 0 2
19 J. THORNTON 19:35 4 2 3:19 1 0 0:56 0 2
22 D. BOYLE 20:41 4 1 2:39 1 0 0:00 0 0
26 M. HANDZUS 11:08 3 2 0:26 0 0 0:00 0 0
29 R. CLOWE 16:48 4 3 2:21 0 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 50:34 11 7 4:00 1 0 4:00 0 3
34 D. WINNIK 12:53 5 2 0:03 0 0 0:00 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 17:51 2 1 1:36 1 0 1:05 0 0
44 M. VLASIC 16:24 2 2 0:03 0 0 2:15 0 3
57 T. WINGELS 5:41 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 8:26 1 0 1:28 0 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 14:08 5 5 0:02 0 0 2:03 0 1
69 A. DESJARDINS 8:35 0 1 0:03 0 0 1:59 0 1
88 B. BURNS 21:25 4 1 1:33 0 0 0:00 0 0

Chance Types

Team Transition Odd-man Rebound Forecheck Possession Steal PP SH
San Jose 3 0 0 2 6 0 1 0
St. Louis 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 0

Head-to-head scoring chances:

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With Ken Hitchcock dictating matchups once again, David Backes was more or less hard-matched against Joe Thornton as the Sharks' captain spent close to 70% of his EV ice time against his counterpart on the Blues. Unlike Games 1 and 2, Thornton was able to win that matchup. Marleau, who probably had his best game of the series despite once again failing to record a single chance at evens, beat the Patrik Berglund line as well and the Sharks as a whole had probably their strongest game at even-strength of this series, making it all the more disappointing that the loss ends their season.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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