ST. LOUIS - Troy Brouwer was brought to St. Louis with the hopes that his playoff experience might help the Blues reach another level in the postseason.
As it turns out, Brouwer can provide a lot more than just experience.
The 30-year-old forward, who was acquired by the Blues in July, delivered one of the most memorable goals in franchise history 8:31 into the third period in Monday’s Game 7. The goal would stand as the game-winner, sending the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks home for the summer while sending the Blues on to the second round.
“That was the ugliest goal I’ve ever scored, and probably the most timely goal I’ve ever scored,” Brouwer said after the game. “I was joking with Panger - if I didn’t put that one in I might quit hockey. I just tried to stay with it. Knowing the magnitude of the game, you just have to stay with it.”
Brouwer spent parts of five seasons with the Blackhawks, helping Chicago to a championship in 2010. Counting last night, the Vancouver native has played in a Game 7 for seven consecutive seasons.
“That was a really important goal for us,” teammate Vladimir Tarasenko said. “His goal got us to the next round, so it was a really big goal.”
“It means a lot to me,” Brouwer added about helping the Blues advance to the second round. “It means a lot to the team and the franchise. We’ve had a long, tough season and to see us get rewarded like this, especially against a division rival like the Hawks in such dramatic fashion - there’s all smiles around here right now.”