San Jose Sharks one stroke closer to first Stanley Cup

San Jose Sharks one stroke closer to first Stanley CupFans of the San Jose Sharks persuasion betting on hockey at SBG Global sportsbook got their money’s worth last night. The Sharks and the St. Louis Blues were playing a bit of Freaky Friday in game 4, which the latter won in surprisingly convincing fashion 6-3 to tie the series 2-2. However, things were back to normal last night with another 6-3 final score – except this time the numbers were on the correct side of the equation. Therefore, the Sharks take a 3-2 lead and are a single win away from making their first trip to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

The Sharks scored early in the first period courtesy of defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Blues quickly tied the game and then took the lead thanks to Jade Schwartz and Troy Brouwer. Winger Joel Ward made good on a power play with a bunt to Brouwer’s swing, tapping an elevated puck past goalkeeper Jake Allen to tie the game at 2. Robby Fabbri and Sharks captain Joe Pavelski traded power play goals to keep things level vat the close of the second period. At that point fans betting on hockey were probably on the edge of their seats. It’s just too bad that was also when the Blues ran out of steam.

The third period was all San Jose. Only 16 seconds in Pavelski scored again from Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl. Chris Tierney was next to score assisted by Joe Thornton. Finally, Ward contributed an empty-netter to wrap things up score-wise. Now the St. Louis Blues are left with not a lot to expect other than the proverbial miracle on ice to remain alive in this series. Game 6 will be played tomorrow night at the SAP Center. If you’re looking for a website for betting on hockey, SBG Global sportsbook is where it’s at.

The Blues are still having trouble on the goalkeeping department. For a while there it seemed as if former starter Brian Elliot had truly come into his own. Then again, that was before he was forced to swim with Sharks. Thus, coach Ken Hitchcock finally pulled the trigger on starting Jake Allen. The 2008 NHL draft 34th overall pick has allowed four goals on 25 shots for an .840 save-percentage in two starts since replacing Elliot in game 3. All things considered, it might come down to the lesser of two evils as to whom gets the call to start game 6. Hitchcock said the goalie decision wouldn’t come for another day. All of this flip-flopping does the Blues no good, but let’s not forget they have already won two game 7s this postseason, so they might still have chance, if they manage to extend the series.