Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored his first ever, overtime goal, turning a great defensive measure into an offensive opporunity as the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues to give them a 2-0 lead, but Boston rallied with two goals midway through the third period to tie the game. It was the third straight game the Blues blew a two-goal advantage. Jaroslav Halak made a season’s best 36 saves and improved to 8-3-0 in his career against Boston, including four straight wins.
The game winner came on a fortunate play for the Blues. Bruins defenseman Carl Soderberg tried to clear the puck behind the Boston net and Oshie covered the boards trying to block it. The puck caromed off Oshie’s skate, off the side of the net and fell next to Bruins’ goalie Tuuka Rask. Oshie tooked a whack at it and knocked it in off Rask for the game winner.
AUDIO Oshie describes his game winner.
“It was a lucky bounce that it went there,” Oshie said of the play that led to his 14th goal of the season. “I saw it laying there and kind of started jamming. It might have went under his arm or something. A lucky bounce and we’ll take the point for sure.”
Watch Oshie’s improbable game winner courtesy NHL.com