Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Robby Fabbri/Patrik Berglund/David Backes...Steve Ott/Kyle Brodziak/Scottie Upshall
Defense: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson moves back in with Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko.
Goalie: Brian Elliott
After the Blues blew a two goal lead the other night, the Blues would come home to play game seven against the team that never seems to lose a game 7. It was put up or shut up time for the good guys. After hearing all the quotes and how they were a close team and a different team, it was finally time for them to prove it. Game seven. The Blues would open up the scoring just a minute into the game. Jay Bouwmeester would fire a puck from the point, and Jori Lehtera would be there to tip the puck past Crawford for the 1-0 lead.
The Blues would make it 2-0 with about seven minutes left in the first. Colton Parayko would blast one off of the post and in past Crawford. Shades of the great Al MacInnis on this beauty of a goal.
Brian Elliott is one of the reasons this series even made it to a game seven. Here he would snare one out of midair with his glove after the puck would make it through a bunch of traffic in front of the net.
Unfortunately, because this series isn't allowed to have any games with breathing room, the Blackhawks would score late in the period. Marian Hossa would get it past Elliott with about a minute and a half left in the period, and it would just be the tip of the Blackhawks surge in the game. The play started when Jaden Schwartz blew a tire at the other end of the ice...
Hossa would almost add yet another goal at the end of the period but Elliott was there to deny him. More like he put his head into it to make this save.
The Blackhawks would tie it up early in the second and dominate most of the period. Andrew Shaw (of course it HAD to be him) would tie the game at two. He was able to deflect the puck off of Bouwmeester past Elliott and into the back of the Blues net. There is your "fluke goal" of the night for the Hawks.
Despite the Hawks dominating the majority of the period, the Blues would hold them to just one goal. Brian Elliott would make a key save with nine minutes left to go, that seemed to get the Blues back on track as there was some push back at the end of the period. (Shots were 13-12 in favor of CHI, but you wouldn't have been able to tell if you had just caught the first part of the second)
After the lackluster second, the Blues needed to come out better if they wanted to break the tie. In what was the most important 20 minutes of hockey of the year (maybe the last two or three even) they would deliver. The delivery man? The guy that the Blues traded 74 for to get someone with this kind of experience in the first place, Troy Brouwer. Granted it took him three times to bang it in, but bang it in he did.
The Blues were ahead. Three to two. In an all important game seven. Nothing could go wrong right? It almost would with little time remaining in the game. Brent Seabrook would not only hit one post but BOTH POSTS, and it somehow, someway did NOT go in.
The moment the Blues, their fans and our livers have been waiting for....the final horn sounded AND THE BLUES ARE GOING TO THE SECOND ROUND.
The Blues would win 3-2 and are now set to play Dallas. It was nice to watch the Blues shake hands with their playoff opponents and NOT be the team that was eliminated.
From The Twitter Machine:
This series was close...
Troy Brouwer might have quit if he'd have missed that game winning goal...
Brouwer on his GWG: "That was almost really embarrassing. If I would've missed that one, I might've quit hockey."https://t.co/kSOLKRb1jG— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) April 26, 2016
I'll get Gary Bettman's face tattooed on my ass if Chicago and LA both get bounced in the first round— Oh No (@SlayIen) February 27, 2016
And Finally, enough talk, let's play...
Third: Robby Fabbri (1 assist. He's all grown up now right?)
Second: Brian Elliott (Savior of the pucks. And maybe the Blues season to this point.)
First: Troy Brouwer (Game winning goal. Bringer of Blackhawk tears.)