Tarasenko gets a penalty shot in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final!

A rare penalty shot in the Conference Final!

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It has been all St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final and if you're a San Jose Sharks right now you have to be somewhat concerned about what this means for the remainder of the series.

The Blues are dominating on Sunday afternoon and the latest tally on the scoreboard comes on a very rare play, a penalty shot. The Blues have largely dominated the pace of the game thus far and in the 2nd period the Sharks defense got caught with some tired legs and were forced into making a critical error. It was none other than St. Louis Blues star forward Vladimir Tarasenko who got the outlet pass and was on a break into the Sharks zone when he was hauled down by a trip from San Jose Sharks star defenseman Brent Burns. There was no question that the right call was made here, Burns never touched the puck and the shaft of his stick took out both of Tarasenko's skates as he entered the zone, but it was not just your run of the mill 2 minute minor that was awarded. Instead it would be a that aforementioned penalty shot awarded to Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues star forward made no mistakes with his golden opportunity. 

Tarasenko would beat San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones up high and you have to imagine that this will only further serve to rattle the cage of Jones a little bit. He has not been strong in this game and in fact he played the 2nd goal from Blues forward Jaden Schwartz so badly that you could almost argue that he deserved an assist on the play. 

It also happens to be the first EVER succesful penalty shot in St. Louis Blues playoff history, what a moment for Tarasenko and the Blues.