Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sharks get to brink of first final

ST. LOUIS — Joe Pavelski said it was going to take everybody if the Sharks were going to get the result they wanted in Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the Blues.

But when the game reached its most critical juncture Monday, everybody turned to him.

Pavelski scored the tying goal on the power play late in the second period and tipped in the eventual winner early in the third as San Jose moved within one game of its first appearance in the Stanley Cup final with a riveting 6-3 win over the Blues.

Chris Tierney scored an empty-net goal with 53.9 seconds to go as the Sharks earned the biggest win in the franchise's 25-year history. Joel Ward added an unassisted goal, his second of the game, with 33 seconds left.

Pavelski also assisted on Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal in the first. The Sharks lead the series 3-2; Game 6 is Wednesday in San Jose.

Joe Thornton added two assists and Martin Jones had 18 saves to help push the Blues to the brink of elimination.

With the Sharks trailing 3-2, the Sharks scored their second power-play goal of the game with 1:27 to go in the second as Pavelski one-timed a pass to the front of the net by Thornton. Then 16 seconds into the third, Pavelski redirected a shot from the point by Brent Burns past Blues goalie Jake Allen for a 4-3 lead.

Ex-coach, enforcer dies: John Brophy, who coached the Maple Leafs for 2½ seasons before coaching in the ECHL for 13 seasons, died Monday after a long illness. He was 83. As a player, he was best known for his rough style. Brophy, who racked up nearly 4,000 career penalty minutes in the minor leagues from 1955-73, is believed to be the role model for Paul Newman's character Reggie Dunlop in Slap Shot. Brophy was once dubbed the "Godfather of Goonery."

Sharks get to brink of first final 05/23/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)

    College

    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  5. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games

    Blogs

    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.