Sharks' Formula Inadequate vs. Blues

Sharks' Formula Inadequate vs. Blues

Where are the Sharks' Stanley Cup heroes?

Not yet emerged. Not visible. Maybe not on the roster. Try again next year.

That may be a tough set of facts for the Sharks to digest at this point, but their 3-1 series deficit is impossible to deny.

The St. Louis Blues have unquestionably produced the key goals, particularly from one key guy, and the Sharks have languished without those goals or that hero.

"What we don't have in this series that we've had in other series is the catalyst," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said before the team flew to St. Louis on Friday. "And we've talked about that a little bit in our locker room.

"We've had Little Joe (Pavelski) in the past. We've had Big Joe (Thornton). We've had Patty (Marleau) come up big. We've had (since-traded Devin Setoguchi) score overtime goals.

"We haven't found that guy (in this series). They have. Andy McDonald's been their guy."

McDonald has scored three goals in this series, including the goal that put St. Louis ahead for good in Game 3 and a big one to go up 2-0 in Game 4.

Meanwhile, the Sharks' three 30-goal scorers this regular season -- Pavelski, Logan Couture and Marleau -- have combined to score just once in this series.

And Pavelski and Marleau are both point-less overall.

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