Posted on May 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Wednesday, May 1 at 8:12 PM
(KMOV) -- Maybe this is just prisoner of the moment thinking, but the Alexander Steen goal to beat the L.A. Kings in overtime in game one will go down as one of the more memorable goals in Blues history. Certainly not the most important, but one of the more memorable ones.
Old timers might remember Ron Schock's playoff overtime goal in 1968 to send the Blues to the Stanley Cup finals in their first season. That was bigger.
Doug Wickenheiser's goal in 1986 to win the "Monday Night Miracle" game was bigger, no doubt. But certainly Steen's goal belongs on the short list of great Blues moments in playoff history.
It came at a time when the crowd, and maybe even the Blues themselves, were expecting the Kings to score on their four minute power play. Los Angeles had dominated play in the overtime at that point, and now they had the man advantage. It looked bleak for the home team.
That's what made Steen's goal so stunning, unexpected and memorable. It also helps that it happened in St. Louis in front of 17,612 jubilant fans.
It wasn't the prettiest goal you'll ever see, but it's a great example of what can happen when a player refuses to stop hustling and forces the opposition into a mistake.