Usually in a 2-1 game, you'd look directly toward the goaltenders for storylines. Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks and Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues each had a solid performance, but Game 4 was actually more of a tactical battle, one where chances against were limited and rushes were few and far between.

Binnington faced 30 shots but did not allow a goal until the third period when Tomas Hertl scored his 10th of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jones faced 22 shots.

It wasn't an ideal start for Jones, who allowed a goal 35 seconds into the game. Blues forward Ivan Barbashev centered a pass toward Oskar Sundqvist, but the puck deflected off the stick of a Sharks player, the redirected shot beating Jones short-side. Jones was caught shifting left to the location of Sundqvist's stick blade, which was directly in front of the crease. Had the puck gone where it was intended, Jones had a good chance of making the save.