By Patrick Kelly
Although the Blues didn’t capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history until last year, the franchise has had quite a few exciting moments in the playoffs. While there are a lot of differences between these goals, they all have one thing in common: never giving up and continuing to push. We have compiled the top five biggest overtime goals in Blues playoff history from all the way back to the first year to last year’s illustrious cup run.
5. Pierre Turgeon Game 7 1999 WCQF vs. Phoenix Coyotes
This was a series where the Blues would see a similar pattern, have a hot start to the series only to have it still go to a seventh game. After winning Game 1, they dropped the next three, including the first two in St. Louis. The Blues went into Phoenix for a must-win Game 5. After taking it to overtime, Scott Young ripped a shot past Nikolai Khabibulin to make sure the Blues fought another day. The Blues had to come from behind twice to win game 6 at home, setting up the winner-take-all game in Phoenix. Late in overtime, Pierre Turgeon got in front of a Ricard Persson shot and made it count.
4. Ron Shock Game 7 1968 WCF vs. Minnesota North Stars
In the first season of the expansion era, all six expansion teams were put in the same conference, guaranteeing one of them a ticket to the finals, more than likely against the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens. To do that, the Blues first had to get past the Philadelphia Flyers, which they were able to in Game 7 after failing to eliminate them in Games 5 and 6. Next up, the Blues faced a team for the first time that would become their biggest playoff foe: the Minnesota North Stars. After failing to once again get out of a series in six games, the Blues had to come back home to move on to play the Canadiens. Not long into the overtime period of Game 7, Ron Shock was able to break away from the defense and send a wrist shot past goalie Cesare Maniago to send the Blues to the Cup finals in their first season.https://www.nhl.com/blues/video/schock-wins-it-in-2ot/t-277437432/c-60230203
3. Carl Gunnarsson Game 2 2019 SCF vs. Boston Bruins
After dropping Game 1 by a goal after losing a two-goal lead, the Blues knew Game 2 was a must win before heading back to the Lou. After the first two goals from each team came in the first period, both teams battled back and forth for the all important goal that would need overtime to decide it. The Blues needed less than five minutes to get the job done, with Gunnarsson ripping a shot from the point past Tukka Rask at 3:51 of overtime to give the Blues their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history.
2. Doug Wickenheiser Game 6 1986 WCF vs. Calgary Flames
The 1986 Blues team was one that was tested over and over. In the first round they faced their longtime foe the Minnesota North stars and required five games in which three of them were blowouts. In the next round, the Blues had another long series, this time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blues were unable to end the series in Toronto so they had to finish it off at home in Game 7. The third round once again would go to a deciding game for the Blues, but how they got there is a story of legends. The Flames came into the third period with a 4-1 lead and were 20 minutes away from punching their ticket to the final. The Blues opened up the scoring in the third period only to have it taken right back, making it 5-2. Halfway through the final period the Blues found a new gear and suddenly found themselves only down by two thanks to a Brian Sutter deflection. Greg Paslawski made it a one-goal game with time running out. In the dying minutes of the game, the Flames made a crucial turnover behind their net that was snagged by Paslawski who fired it past Mike Vernon to tie the game 5-5. Overtime had a great pace to it with both teams coming within inches of ending it. Approaching the halfway point of overtime, Bernie Federko was able to break past one of the Flames and give it over to Dale Hunter, and the rest is history.
1. Pat Maroon Game 7 WCSF 2019 vs. Dallas Stars
After a season that went well below expectations for St. Louis native Pat Maroon, he was looking toward the playoffs for redemption. He thought it had come in Game 3 of this series when he got the go-ahead goal with less than two minutes left to give the Blues a 2-1 lead in the series. Little did he know the main event would be saved for the deciding game. Game 7 seemed to be going the Blues way during regulation. They were giving the Stars zero shots on goal and were just wearing down an already beaten team. However, thanks to goalie Ben Bishop, the Stars were able to force overtime. Through one overtime period that saw Brayden Schenn have two amazing chances to end it, Bishop stood tall. In the second overtime was when the Stars started to turn up the pressure, and after almost ending it twice the Blues found themselves a bit on their heels. The Blues lined up for what would be one final faceoff to the left of Ben Bishop …