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Stanley Cup Final blog: Colton Parayko

Blues defenseman says confidence, crowd big factors in Game 4 victory 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 had a shot, a hit and a blocked shot in 27:53 of ice time during a 4-2 win at home in Game 4 on Monday. The best-of-7 series is tied with Game 5 at Boston on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

In Parayko's sixth entry, he talks about the importance of the Blues victory and the role the crowd plays in their success.

We knew the circumstances going into Game 4 and that it was going to be extremely tough if we had to go into Boston down 3-1. But that's the best part about our team: From the day after losing Game 3, we were confident, we knew what it was going to take to come and be successful in this game. I thought we played a really good game. We established our forecheck and just continued to be resilient. I think we're good at bouncing back when we need to win, so it's been good. We have to continue to do that. 

The Bruins played well, they had some huge opportunities, but overall it was a good game. Obviously when you are playing against a team like that, they are going to get opportunities, they are going to get chances. I thought we did a good job of continuing to control and limit their chances. Overall as a leadership group, we wanted to make sure we stepped up and kind of led the way, but we saw it from all four lines, all six defensemen and goalie Jordan Binnington, they all stepped up. I thought we played just a good, solid game as a team tonight. We had a lot of good opportunities, and think that is what's it's going to take to win some more games. It's that kind of game, and we understand that's what it is. 

This fan base hadn't seen a Stanley Cup Final win in 49 years, and for that to happen, it's so cool to be a part of it on the ice. I can just speak as a skater, that's the best thing is you get to be out there. You have to do the work, and the fans are there to help us. We're all in it together: fans, and the whole city of St. Louis, and obviously the players and the coaching staff. It's been good. The fans have been electric all year long, all playoffs long. It's been a tough year. We went through some ups and downs. It's been good that they stuck with us. 

Tomorrow is going to be an off day. We will meet at the plane and just get into Boston and take it easy with everyone, and just relax.

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