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Discussion: Blues silence Sharks in Game 2

Apr 14, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues warms up before Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

In Game 1, it looked like the Sharks scorers had figured out how to beat the Blues superb goaltending and defense. Well, apparently they need a refresher because they were shut out by Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott on Saturday. San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 29 shots, but it wasn’t enough as St. Louis ended up earning a 3-0 victory. The series is now tied at 1-1 and Game 3 will be in San Jose on Monday.

Here’s some discussion topics:

  • Halak left the game because he was hit by teammate Barret Jackman in a race for the puck. Fortunately the Blues backup goaltender led the league in GAA, save percentage, and was second in shutouts in the regular season.
  • San Jose’s T.J. Galiardi got in what looked like a head hit on Andy McDonald, who has a history of concussions. Galiardi got just two minutes for charging. Combine that with some of the other plays we saw Saturday and it looks like head hits could be a recurring theme again during the 2012 playoffs. How Brendan Shanahan responds to them in the postseason will be something to keep a close eye on in the days to come.
  • Including Galiardi’s hit, there were a fair number of power-play opportunities for both teams, but neither could capitalize with the man advantage.
  • If you want to include the regular season, this is the third time that St. Louis has shutout San Jose in 2011-12.
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  1. fruitsareedible - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Sharks got rolled pretty much the entire game, before, during, and after play. Blues looked much faster than in Game 1 and were out-manning the Sharks around loose pucks during their PK. Just no push back from the Sharks at all, and considering how they played in Game 1, that really surprised me.

    Game 3 should be interesting with how this one ended.

  2. sharksfan754 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    The officiating has been atrocious form a controlling the game standpoint. The stuff guys are getting away with is so bad. Galliard was jumped worse than Brian Boyle in the rangers-send game today and there wasn’t a single penalty! And then looked what happened at the end of the game a totally unnecessary scrum. And thin not even talking about the normal calls like interference (yes I’m we’ll aware the sharks got the benefit of a non call in OT last game). I guess what I’m trying to say is I’d rather see skill prevail over thuggery. It’s 1-1 I’ll take it going back to the tank just please stop the non sense after the whistles!

    • paperlions - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Galliardi deserved to get jumped. Left his feet on a charge throw a high elbow at a guy with a history of concussions.

      There are all kinds of ways to hit a guy without leaving your feet or going after the head. When a player shows no respect for his opponent, things will degrade quickly and it’ll be hard for the refs to control things.

      • jrod691 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        Looks like a perfectly legal, hard hit on a player who was looking at his feet. His elbows are clearly at his sides. I don’t see what you are talking about. He doesn’t even leave his feet until he is ricocheting off of McDondald and the boards.

        Hockey fans need to stop crying about every hard hit and every missed call. No one should expects everything to be called in the playoffs and no one expects sympathy for a player with a history of concussions after he is caught with his head down on a perfectly legal, almost textbook hit. It wasn’t even really charging, look at when he stops skating relative to when he hits McDonald.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        Anyone who hits a skilled teammate who has a history of concussions should be jumped. A message needs to be sent. I don’t care if it’s clean or not. You attack him, take the PIM’s, the ejections and or fines, but you be sure that the message is sent.

        This is hockey
        Failure to do so and it’s open season on your guys
        The Sens understand this and acted appropriately tonight

      • jrod691 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

        I’m not saying that the Blues shouldn’t have done what they did. I’m saying it’s stupid for hockey fans to call this and every other hard hit this year “dirty” and “worthy of suspension.”

        Overall I’ve gotta say that these suspensions do not seem to be having the intended effect on the ice and they are turning everyone involved in the sport into whiners. The league needs to find a better way to clean up the game because right now it’s only hurting it’s own image in more ways than one.

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        It was charging. He left his feet before making the hit. McDonald was just lucky that the elbow Galliardi threw glanced off of his head instead of pinning it to the glass.

      • wretchu - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Take off the teal colored glasses, jrod. Nothing about that hit was legal. He left his feet, and he targeted the head, period. McDonald’s helmet was CRACKED as a result of that play. Care to explain how that would’ve happened on a clean, legal hit that was totally in no way illegally targeting the head? Have fun with that one.

        Even in the event that we go ahead and grant you that this particular hit was legal (which it wasn’t), how do you explain away the elbow Burns threw at the back of Nichol’s head?

        San Jose was throwing cheap shots all game, and St. Louis took it to them on the ice and on the scoreboard.

  3. sharksfan754 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Thanks to the iPhone for the auto correct making me look like I’ve had a fifth of jack Daniels ^^

  4. gsprulz - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Blues are in store for a beating at the Shark tank for the stunt they pulled at the end of the game. cowards..

    • hustleandflomax - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      lol @ gsprulz…as if the Sharks players are innocent in all of this, talk about cowards…that Galliardi hit on McDonald was cheap and cowardly as it gets. Blues can and will take care of themselves–I don’t think they’re worried one bit about going back to San Jose; San Jose needs to worry about not embarrassing themselves again like they did tonight; Blues made them look like midgets tonight in just about every facet of the game.

      • gsprulz - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        it was clean hit moron. Sobotka sucker punched Moore and broke his nose. Absolutely shocking how you guys only fight when we have people in the penalty box. HA!

      • wretchu - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        1) No it wasn’t. You can’t leave your feet, and you can’t target the head. Galliardi did both.
        2) You want to talk about a sucker punch? How about Burns throwing an elbow in the back of Scott Nichol’s head? Was that clean too?

  5. finfan88shark - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Losing Galliardi would actually help the Sharks. The guy is actually worse then Torrey Mitchell if that’s possible

    • paperlions - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      I don’t think Galliardi will be suspended. It was a cheap shot and a charge, but it should’t result in anything else. If all Weber got was a $2,500 fine, the NHL might owe Galliardi $500 for this hit.

  6. sharksfan754 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    @hustle never said the sharks players were innocent at all. I just have a problem with stuff like that happening and no regulation taking place bc it leads to more crap instead of hockey.

  7. sharksfan754 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    @hustle (again) didn’t see that comment wasn’t directed at me on the iPhone. Im not posting on pht anymore tonight after this, it’s making me look inebriated. Good night all

  8. zwilhelm16 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Wow sharks fans are idoits! Sharks were taking cheat shots at blues players the whole game when oshie wasnt dangling all around them haha. Blues!!!!

  9. barcthespark - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    How about that “non-hockey play” elbow that Burns threw? That is exactly what the NHL is trying to eliminate. If Shanahan doesn’t look at that one he should be fired.

  10. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Those Blues commentators were such homers. I laughed so hard when Sobotka got in that fight at the end and they were talking about how much class he had after he took down the Sharks player and didn’t throw another punch. But wouldn’t you know it, as soon as they were finishing that thought he threw another punch. Too funny.

  11. joelwrobinson - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Even when the Blues win their fans still cry like babies

  12. geo91 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    That hit was pure, it just looked bad because McDonald is tiny and was looking down like a fool. After the impact his one foot left the ice which is fine. But man, so, so dumb to start a fight post game. First off, act like you’ve been there before and don’t be so amateur hour being tough because you won a playoff game. The Blues have now only motivated the Sharks to take 2 on home ice and they won’t be starting fights when their backs are against the wall 3-1, what a shame

    • wretchu - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      If by “motivated” you mean “beat down”, then yes. If anything, the Sharks have motivated the Blues by all of their cheap shots all game, most specifically the McDonald hit (yes, it’s illegal. The head is off limits, period.) and the Burns elbow. You got Roman Polak of all people riled up, and he just plain doesn’t fight. He only tallied 57 PIM in 77 games, so he’s certainly not the type to get into a scrap, but you got him fired up now.

  13. norcalirish - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    zwilhelm16: Sharks fans are WHAT???

    • spiciercheez - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      IDIOTS. There you go bud. You guys are huge homers if you think your team is all high and mighty. There have been cheap shots all around the league this playoffs, don’t act like those hits (Burns and Galiardi) last game were clean.

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