St. Louis Blues Sun Exhibit A that home ice no longer matters in the playoffs of the Stanley Cup. At least, this is not the blues.
St. Louis scored twice in a wild seven minutes Monday to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Texas and take a 2-1 lead in the playoff second round teams. With the victory, the Blues remained perfect on the road in the playoffs after St. Louis won all three of their games in Winnipeg during the opening round victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Patrick Maroon, who has since himself again now he goes by the name of Pat, dragged the puck from behind the net and lifted a shot over the right shoulder of Dallas goalie Ben Bishop to break a 3-3 tie with 1:38 remaining in regulation time,
Blues defended his lead while the two men in the minority in the last 43 seconds after Colton Parayko was fined for flipping the puck into the stands and the bishop went to the bench for an extra skater asterisk.
Teams traded four goals in the last seven minutes, blues, responding with markers on the Maroon and captain Alex Pietrangelo after star tied the game on goals by Andrew Cogliano and Tyler Seguin.
convinced defensive game and the blue resistance was evident during their sweeps expensive jets. And they have demonstrated once again last Monday, taking the lead just 1:27 into the game, getting four goals past the Vezina Trophy finalist Bishop and rarely letting the crowd at the American Airlines center to reach its climax.
Game 4 on Wednesday.
To be brutally chestnymami, it looked like Maroon only about how to make the NHL player spectacular, when the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the New Jersey Devils at the end of last season.
Of course, he still had a decent hand for the big power forward, and everyone loves a good guy in the steepness of Maroon. But the league more about speed and transition, of Maroon was a 225-pound return to slower, half-court style. He scored three goals in 17 games for New Jersey and became a free agent.
In an age when he should still be close to his prime, the player, who turned 31 last week, settled last summer for one year, US $ 1.75-million contract to play for his hometown Blues. Maybe he thought it would be a good place to finish your car & # 39; career.
After a 28-point regular season, Maroon was a beast in the playoffs. Game on the line test with veteran Tyler Bozak and recruits Robert Thomas, Maroon was a handful for the jets and is now menacing Star.
He mystifying of all, does not know about the culture of the NHL, the league covers the seismic shift in the judging standards for pleya-off compared to the regular season. But Maroon credit for the opportunity to take advantage of it, such as when he pushed down Dallas defender Esa Lindell, to give yourself time and space to the winning goal.
In what turned out to be consistent aim of clinching against the jets, of Maroon prevented Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebyuk.
It was a good idea to not sign Maroon contract for three or four years, but it was pretty darn effective for the Blues in the playoffs.
NEVER CRY WOLF
So, Lindell was overthrown Maroon on the winning goal, and it could be called interference – and, of course, would be if the end of October and not the end of April – but the star quarterback could have more empathy referees Steve Kotsar and Kelly Sutherland it does not, double-flopped in search of a penalty when Robert Bortuzzo true blues during the second period of the battle in the corner. Instead, to win the game of power for Dallas, Lindell gave officials the opportunity to call offsetting penalties, which they have done: cross-checks to Bortuzzo and decorations for Lindell.
Almost every night since last week Game 7 debacle in San Jose, when officials wrongly guessed in a major penalty, which cost Vegas Golden knight of his time, there have been cases that further build the case for the NHL, giving Referee some help replay .
On Monday, the judges and the linesman without repeated use huddled for a few minutes – longer than it would take for the war room in Toronto's league on the phone – before concluding that in the last minute of play in the Parayko Seguin did not touch the surface before going to play.
Sutherland and Kozari, as well as linesmen Jonny Murray and Ryan Gibbons, did an excellent job to get the right call and fined Parayko, but imagine if the puck has been cut off a stick and Seguin Dallas tied it on a power play, which should not be the case,
No one wants to play longer, but everyone wants the right call. The latter requirement should trump everything else.
MORE FANCY COACHING
St. Louis coach Bérubé helped tilt the first-round series of blues in his favor, if during Game 5, with his team trailing, he altered his forward line, lowering Braden Shannon with Jade Schwartz on the other device, as well as promoting vigorous David Perron at the top line.
Schwartz, who still has not scored in the playoffs after unexpectedly low 11-goal regular season, St. Louis scored four goals in the last series, including a hat-trick in Game 6.
Berube fumbled again on Monday, this time moving Schwartz, about to play & # 39; Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko. Schwartz declined to point shot Parayko, to make it 1-0 just 87 seconds into the game, was the scoring pass to relay Pietrangelo goal in the third period and led the Blues six hits.
Not surprisingly, not one of Berube & # 39 is the coach of the year finalist and catalyst for one of the biggest teams in the repairs of the season in NHL history.
Much work crew NBC feed the air to catch SportsNet Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott having fun taking self with the child and forcing him to feel better after a young fan was struck by the puck in the third period. Elliot does not have to do it, and it was good, for at the moment of capture.