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Blues superfan Anderson scores prime interview with good friend Parayko

Eleven-year-old got some postgame questions in St. Louis defenseman

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Colton Parayko and Laila Anderson are good friends off the ice, but that didn't stop her from grilling him during a postgame interview Monday.

The St. Louis Blues defenseman fielded questions from their superfan during an interview for KSDK-TV after St. Louis' 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Watch on YouTube: Laila Anderson interviews Colton Parayko

Parayko joined Alex Steen as the second Blues player interviewed by Anderson after a Stanley Cup Playoff win. Steen and Parayko are Anderson's two favorite players. The 11-year-old with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis went trick-or-treating with Parayko and got an invitation for hot chocolate at Steen's house. 

Anderson asked Parayko about the Blues' play and his ex-teammate David Backes, who has played with the Bruins since 2016 after spending his first 10 seasons in St. Louis, before Parayko turned the tables on the interview.

"What did you think of the game?" Parayko asked.

"I thought it was amazing," Anderson said. 

She and Parayko also shared confidence in the Blues for the all-important Game 5 in Boston on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"It's going to be a good one," Parayko said. "I think we have had really good Game 5s. We're good on the road."

"I agree," Anderson said.

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