The Sharks have been successful in slowing the Blues down, and thus haven’t been firing away chance after chance themselves, yet the shots on goal totals make you wonder if the Blues have been a little flat:
Game 1: Blues win 2-1, St. Louis generates 23 shots on goal, Sharks get 32
Game 2: Sharks win 4-0, St. Louis generates 26 SOG, Sharks get 24
Game 3: Sharks win 3-0, St. Louis generates 22 SOG, Sharks get 16
No doubt, much of those results revolve around tempo (and sharp play by Martin Jones, who’s only allowed two goals so far during this series).
Still, you do kind of want to see a little more desperation …
Brodziak: “Play as if our lives are on the line. Nothing’s come easy so far in this series and I don’t think we can expect that to change."
When a goalie change happens during a game, it’s sometimes as much about sending a message to that netminder’s teammates than to condemn the way the goalie is playing. It seems like Hitch is doing a similar for this series.
Hitchcock on Jake Allen: "He's played in a lot of big games in his life for a young player." #stlblues
It was closer than you’d expect – if, say, a video game simulated the match – but Canada’s bounty of talent was too much for the United States.
Ryan Ellis‘ booming shot ended up being the decisive tally as the Canadians beat the U.S. 4-3 on Saturday, advancing to the gold medal round of the worlds against Finland.
The United States takes on Russia for the bronze, with both games taking place on Sunday.
As this post illustrates, the U.S. made things interesting. Canada built a 2-0 lead, then Auston Matthews began the charge with three straight goals. Derick Brassard‘s power-play goal seemed to settle things down for the favorites, however.
Auston Matthews seems to be the odds-on No.1 overall pick for the 2016 NHL Draft, and the hockey world is getting some sneak previews of his fantastic talent. He began the U.S. comeback with this howling shot of a goal: