Martin Jones. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
Martin Jones denied the Blues' drive to get back into Game 6 partway through the second period with a sliding pad save.
Let's be honest: we could rhyme off several Conn Smythe Trophy candidates from the San Jose Sharks before we get to goaltender Martin Jones. It's nothing against Jones. It's just that he hasn't been too busy. Entering Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the St. Louis Blues, Jones had faced 26 or fewer shots in every game, though he was pulled in one of those.
The Blues managed just five shots in the first period of Game 5 as they faced elimination, and they'd fallen behind 2-0 by the 5:02 mark of the second period. They gained momentum later in the second, however, managing 11 shots on Jones. They finally tested him, none more than center Jori Lehtera, who had a 10-bell chance in the slot on a one-time feed from Robby Fabbri halfway through the period. Watch Jones' smooth pad save:
It was a "bookmark" save, the type you make a point of remembering and looking back on after the game, the type of save that halts a comeback attempt in its tracks.