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Stanley Cup Final blog: Colton Parayko

Blues defenseman discusses road success, rebounding for Game 7 against Bruins

by Colton Parayko / Special to NHL.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.

Parayko has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and is averaging 25:01 in ice time in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The best-of-7 series is tied but the Blues can win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1967 with a victory in Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

In Parayko's 10th entry, he talks about the missed opportunity of losing Game 6 at home, the stellar play of goalie Jordan Binnington, the dream of playing in a Game 7 and what he will do in preparation.

 

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It's tough not to think about different games, especially in the playoffs, but I think we've done a good job as a group just taking games, putting them behind us when need be and just focusing on the next one, and I think this is going to be like no other.

I think you can say it's tough when you have a lot of things going on like that at home. It's also exciting to play in front of your home crowd. Our crowd was unreal yesterday. Seeing everybody downtown was cool to be a part of that with them, but for us now, it's business as usual on the road. Just play our road game, and I think if we can do that, we'll make sure that we give ourselves the best chance to win and right now, that's what we've got to do.

I thought we had a pretty good game actually overall. Obviously, they scored a few quick ones there in the third, but leading up to that, I thought we had a good game. We had played a tight game. Scoring 5-on-3 is a tough one, but we played well 5-on-5, I thought, and we had our opportunities. Obviously respect to their goaltender for making some big saves and Binner made some big saves when he had to too. Those goalies were battling it out. It was impressive to watch. We're looking forward to Game 7.

It's nice we're here obviously in a Game 7. It's a good opportunity for our team and everybody involved. Obviously yesterday would have been nice, but we're still here and we have a chance to finish it off now on Wednesday. That's what we're going to do, get past last game, take the positives and just focus on Wednesday. We've been a good road team all playoffs, all season long and we're confident.

It's nice that we get a couple days, especially with the travel, but it's one of those things where you're kind of excited. You just want to get it going, get the game going, but just go there, relax, make sure we get the work that we need to get done, get on the ice tomorrow and hopefully that will kind of make the day quicker and gamedays are usually quick, so hopefully just try to relax with the guys, spend some time together and then just get ready for the game I guess.

I think we've got to approach it the same as all games right now, the way that we play on the road. We're simple, we get pucks in deep, we just play hockey that's hard to play against and when we do that, we're tough to beat. I just think that we're going to focus on that, make sure that we stay consistent with our game and if do that, we'll give ourselves a good chance to win. I think that's what we should do.

We're just going to move on and we're going to focus on Game 7. This is the biggest game obviously of all our careers. This is going to be a fun one and this is going to be one we'll never forget.

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