Here’s a new one.
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had, well, an interesting analogy when describing Troy Brouwer‘s goal in Game 5 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
It wasn’t the prettiest goal. Brouwer finished off a nice passing play into what was essentially a wide open net. But the veteran forward nearly had the puck roll over his blade as he went to shoot.
That goal was huge, giving the Blues a two-goal lead as they took control in the second period. They now lead the series 3-2 and have two chances to eliminate the Stars and advance to the Western Conference final.
“It was rolling to begin with, so I just tried to hit it hard,” Brouwer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“It did flip over my stick, but I got enough. Looking at it again, I think if I would have got it right away and got good contact on it, his pad might have been in the way. I think it was actually fairly fortunate that I got only half of it.”
Brouwer scored a similar goal in Game 7 versus Chicago in the opening round. It was the series-deciding goal, too. Stationed in front, his initial attempt hit off the post on a wide open net, before he regained the puck and slid it in on the second try.