Two cities that are having a lot of fun are St. Louis and San Jose because both teams have great players and have finally managed to get over the hump this year.
Jaden Schwartz joins Chasen Pucks. He is excited for his matchup with the Sharks on Sunday. Schwartz says he watched game seven between the Sharks and Predators to see who. his Blues would be facing off with in the final. Schwartz has been through two game sevens and says his team just tries to carry the momentum forward into each round. “[Game seven] is different than any other game, “according to Schwartz. ”As you play in a few more, you get a little more comfortable.”
Schwartz and his Blues are excited that all of their hard work has paid off this season. Schwartz credits the focus of Brian Elliott for a lot of the goalie’s success and says it is a lot of fun to watch. Jaden admits he is comfortable playing with any of the forwards on his team, and playing with skilled guys like Steen and Lehtera “makes things a little bit easier” on him.
Brian Elliott joins Kelly Chase on the program, and he is feeling excited for the city of St. Louis. “The buzz around the city is so huge.” Elliott admits, “[he] has never seen it like this before.” He plans to play the Blues’ game and let the Sharks react to them. After the interview, Darren Pang explains how glad he was to sit with Brian because he shared a lot about his personal life after the interview. The most impressive thing about Brian Elliott is the fact that he “stayed resilient every year,” according to Pang.
Matt Murray has been impressive enough in the net to replace longtime starter Marc Andre Fleury for the time being for the Penguins. He’s mentally tough, which is more important than anything for a goalkeeper.
The goaltending matchups for the conference finals are Brian Elliott of the Blues facing Matt Jones of the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals, and Ben Bishop of the Lightning facing Matt Murray of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.
None of these goalies has won the Stanley Cup, but Bishop may have the edge. Bishop and the Lightning went to the finals last year. Pittsburgh might be the team to beat, but it’s not easy to choose a winner this year. Tampa Bay is going to be a tough matchup for all of these teams.
Things are looking up for both the Blues and Sharks. The Sharks made a couple of changes over the last year and look to win this series and make it back to the Cup. There is a similar feeling in St. Louis. The veteran Blues and Ken Hitchcock are feeling very positive after finally winning a playoff series. This playoff run seems even sweeter since the Blues took out the Blackhawks in the opening round.
Chase and Pang have been very impressed by the power play of the Sharks this year. It’s going to be a task for the Blues to stop the Sharks’ power play in the series, but the leadership of assistant coach Brad Shaw might be the key to killing penalties. Chase thinks the key to opening up the Sharks defense is to “go from the goal line to stuff it or go from the goal line to the middle of the ice” to find the gaps between defenders. Another high point for the Blues has been their defense as they have “combined for six goals, twenty-five assists, and thirty points, lead by Shattenkirk,” according to Pang. Chase and Pang finish up the segment by giving their conference finals picks, and both pick the Blues to win in seven games. Pang commends the Blues for their depth and believes they can “sustain injuries more so” than the Sharks.
Chase and Pang come back with the “Dude Really” segment, and Kelly Chase digs into social media users who criticize foreign players, namely Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, who left the United States to return home and play for their national teams the day after a series loss. Chase laments, “[They] are not living in the nice quiet freedom of the United States of America or Canada. [They] don’t have that luxury. They’re hosting the World Cup.” Chase goes on to explain that these players have an obligation to their country. Chase added, ”Playing for your national team “gives you credibility to what you’re about,” and “it can only help you in the future and give you the ability to make more money and play longer.”