The Sharks and Blues entered Game Five of the Western Conference Final tied with two wins apiece. And while the game started off relatively evenly–the Sharks had eleven shots in the first period, but the Blues had one goal on four shots–the Sharks sank pretty quickly after that.
The Blues ended up with twice as many shots as the Sharks (40-21) while the Sharks had six times as many penalty minutes (36-6).
By the end of the game, the Sharks’ bench was six players short: Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, and Joonas Donskoi with injuries, and Micheal Haley and Evander Kane for misconducts.
Halfway through the third period the Sharks even tweeted out a picture of their depleted bench with an emoji version of the sarcastic “this is fine” meme.