The San Jose Sharks aren't concerned about the early start time against the St. Louis Blues for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.
"We've started at every possible time so far these playoffs," Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow said Saturday. "It's something we're used to. We're used to late games, early games, it's something you adapt to. We'll be ready to go."
But the Sharks weren't ready to go for Game 4 in St. Louis, a 2-1 loss. Blues forward Ivan Barbashev scored 35 seconds into the first period following a turnover by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, one of 11 giveaways by San Jose.
"We've got to be a little firmer, a little more direct with our play early," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Having said that, first goal goes in off our stick (forward Gustav Nyquist), we take a couple of penalties and it snowballs. You know they're going to come out pushing hard, they're desperate. I think we have to handle that better. It's been a bit of a problem throughout the playoffs for us, and we found a way to survive it. But we've got to be smarter."
The Sharks are 1-4 when trailing after the first period in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.