ST. LOUIS — San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer expects a bounce-back effort in Game 5 without making lineup changes.
“You know what, we’ve played some really good hockey in the last two or three weeks,” DeBoer said. “I think we can fix it without having to take those type of measures.”
But DeBoer added he’d “sleep on it.”
The Blues ended a scoreless drought of 156:59 with two first-period goals and poured it on in Game 4, easing any pressure goalie Jake Allen might have been feeling. The scoring matched their high for the playoffs in a 6-1 Game 7 victory at Dallas.
“We knew we had so much more in us to give,” Allen said. “If it was the other way around, and we were playing phenomenal and we still weren’t finding ways to win, then maybe that’s another story.”
Before they stumbled in an opportunity to seize control of the series, the Sharks had been dominant. DeBoer anticipates a highly motivated roster for Game 5.
“You know, missed opportunity,” DeBoer said. “They want to make it right.”
Martin Jones is the franchise’s first goalie to post consecutive playoff shutouts. He struggled under the Blues’ pressure and was lifted for the first time in the postseason after allowing four goals on 19 shots in Game 4.
“They scored a couple goals,” Jones said. “You don’t like it, but you move on. You get ready for the next one.”
Forward Logan Couture said when the Sharks have had setbacks this season they’ve always found a way to “push back.”
“We know in our room we didn’t play well at all,” Couture said. “We made a lot of mistakes that we haven’t been making throughout these playoffs, but Game 5 is a new opportunity for us.”