Blues best Blackhawks, eliminate champs in Game 7

Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:03am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - All that mattered to Troy Brouwer was that the red light went on and the puck went in the net.

"That's the ugliest goal I've ever scored and probably the most timely," said Brouwer, whose goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 on Monday.

The win eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.

"It means a lot to me, to the team and to the franchise," Brouwer said. "For a franchise that has had trouble getting out of that first round, it's a confidence booster.

"Sometimes when you are not able to do it, you start doubting yourself, and tonight is a huge encouragement for us."

Brouwer, the only Blues player who has won a Stanley Cup and the only player on the roster who has appeared in more than two Game 7s, was able to find the puck in front of the net after it hit the post.

As he fell, he directed it back into the net at 8:31 of the third period.

"I was joking that if I didn't put that one in, I might quit hockey," Brouwer said.

As the play developed, even those on the bench tried to help Brouwer will the puck into the net.   Continued...

St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks teammates line up to shake hands after St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports