ST. LOUIS - When it comes to big goals at key moments, Blues fans have typically looked to Vladimir Tarasenko as most-likely-to-come-through-in-the-clutch.
But, the Blues have another player they can count on in big moments, and that’s Robby Fabbri.
The Blues’ rookie has scored 16 goals this season, five of which have been the first goal of the game, and five others have extended a one-goal lead into a two-goal lead. His first empty-netter of the season came Sunday against Minnesota at a critical moment: The Wild had fought back to within a goal after trailing 3-0 in the third period. Fabbri’s goal put the game out of reach and secured a 4-2 victory for St. Louis.
We did the math, and here's what we found:
Robby Fabbri’s First 16 Goal
- First Goal of the Game: 5x
- Game-Winning Goal: 2x
- Brought Blues to Within One Goal: 1x
- Extended a One-Goal Lead to a Two-Goal Lead: 5x
- Broke a Tie (does not include 0-0 game): 1x
“When the game gets down to the wire, everyone sort of just amps it up a little bit,” Fabbri said about the numbers. “I just try to put myself in good positions and good opportunities to get those go-ahead goals and pull-away goals. It’s just the way the game goes sometimes.”
“Robby’s really showing maturity,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s out there at the end of games. It’s a good sign when you’ve got young players you can trust like that.”
Fabbri is just the third rookie in Blues history to reach the 15-goal mark in the last 20 seasons (Patrik Berglund, 2008-09 and Jim Campbell, 1996-97). Fabbri has posted a team-best 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 15 games since the All-Star break.