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Discuss: Blues smother Sharks 3-1, win first series since 2002

Apr 21, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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For some, the major storyline will be that this could very well be the end of an era for the San Jose Sharks. If you ask the St. Louis Blues, it might the beginning of their own run of excellence. For the first time in 10 years, the Blues won a playoff series after grinding out a 3-1 win to take the series 4-1.

  • First things first: how good are the Blues, in your eyes? With the Vancouver Canucks possibly out of the mix, are they the new favorite in the West?
  • Did Ken Hitchcock out-coach Todd McLellan?
  • Conversely, was it more about the Sharks’ stars failing (Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski went without a point in five games) or was it more about just how strong the Blues’ defense really is?
  • OK, I might as well get this out of the way: is it time to “blow up” the Sharks? If your answer is “Yes,” then be specific.
  • Should Brian Elliott be strongly in place as the Blues’ No. 1 guy?
  • Will a potential long layoff hurt the Blues?
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  1. janknessgv - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Great so see the Blues step up and win it at home. unbelievable that its been 10 years since they won a series.

  2. Doesnotmatter - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    That is all Karma. Remember Clowe playing the puck from the bench? Thornton fighting Doughty? Suck it, Sharks……….

  3. chad615 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    How would the blues be the new favorites? They are 1-4-1 against the preds! Predators are by far the new favorite even if Vancouver pulls a miracle

    • vshehane - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      The Preds definitely showed who is the stronger team all season.

    • paperlions - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Actually the Blues were 2-2-2 against Nashville this year, winning the last two games.

    • bluesfan1986 - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Chad, you have to consider all the dynamics of your W-L against the Blues. You guys won 3-4 of those games in shoot out. There isn’t a shoot out in the playoffs. We skated circles around the Preds in regulation. Halak is not the best shoot out goaltender. That is a fact. It’s going to be different in the SC playoffs

  4. Doesnotmatter - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    and the Blues have played great in the regular season, the Sharks not so great. No surprises here.

  5. bluesrawesome - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Lets go go BLUES!!!!

  6. bluesfan72 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I always feel more comfortable when Elliot is between the pipes. I think he is better than Halak fundamentally . I hope Hitch keeps him there.

  7. xxakshunxx - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Sharks don’t need a blow up but there def needs to be changes made from the front office, coaches and the roster

  8. barroomhero80 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Hahaha so glad the sharks are out! GO KINGS GO!

  9. fruitsareedible - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Credit where credit is due: The Blues out worked, out hustled, and out played the Sharks for pretty much every period of that series. The Sharks had very little time to do anything at all and weren’t very comfortable on either end of the ice.

    As for what the Sharks can do? We still need a legitimate minutes eating defensemen who’s actually a bona fide shutdown guy with size and snarl. Vlasic is supposed to be that guy, but he’s 6 foot, 200 pounds, smaller than most forwards he needs to be able to push around (which he can’t really do). He’s a great defensemen, but he would be an amazing compliment to that type of player. Boyle and Burns are redundant and unnecessary, IMO. Boyle’s still really good, but I like Burns better (and he’s locked up longer and plays well with Murray), so I’d try and get Boyle moved (though with a NMC that’ll be fun). With our top 6, Thornton, Pavelski, Clowe, Couture, and Havlat I’d keep. I’d think about moving Marleau, but again, with a NMC, it’ll be hard to try and move him and get anything good in return. So if you could possibly dump Boyle and Marleau for some 3rd/4th line guys and picks, and somehow sign Sutter, I’d be happy. And there’s a bunch of guys who I think could do well on the 2nd line that are UFAs, but there’s not a lot to choose from in the UFA market this season.

    • fruitsareedible - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      And by Sutter, I mean Suter.

  10. blomfeld - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    and like, why isn’t that nasty person called “sjsharks11″ posting here ? … it’s like “as if” the Sharks were going to go anywhere anyway ? … they’re like “so” totally done now, you may as well call them the Goldfish ! … ROFL ! … and besides, just who was this “sjsharks11″ dude supposed to be ? … like I don’t care, just talk to the hand chump ! … the LA Kings totally rock ! :) … Blomfeld # 2

  11. paperlions - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Western semis look like they will be Smith vs Rinne and Quick vs Elliot.

    So far in the west, it has been all about good goal tending…you get it, you win…you don’t, you don’t.

  12. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    I’ll be laughing at this Blomfeld clown when Vancouver pulls the upset. Even if they don’t, it’s the Kings so they’re bound to lose anyways.

    • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      *** somewhere in Vancouver tomorrow ***

      sjsharksfan11: hey asshole, do you like know the way to Rogers Arena ?

      Blomfeld: reckon I do …

      sjsharksfan11: so which way is it then, asshole ?

      Blomfeld: well, you wanna go about fifty feet and then take a flying leap …

      sjsharksfan11: huh ? …. what’s that supposed to mean ?

      Blomfeld: well that’s supposed to mean that you should jump off a cliff !

      sjsharksfan11: what ? … like are you nuts ? …

      Blomfeld: actually I am nuts, Cashews to be exact .. KAPOW ! .. KABOOM ! .. KAZAM !

  13. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Case in point: you’re an idiot. If your comments actually had any relevance, made sense, and we’re on topic to the story in which you are commenting without some retarded video attached to it, I’d give you credit with having an IQ. But I don’t see that happening…..

    • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      sjsharksfan11: please stop hitting me man ! … are you crazy ?

      Blomfeld: yes I am crazy ! … and I wish to strike you further !

      sjsharkesfan11: no please man !

      Blomfeld: I said shut up ! … KAPOW ! … KABOOM ! … KAZAM !

  14. letsgosjsharks - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Blues will fall to the Kings… Blues are too young

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