Jon Hamm was anything but mad after his beloved St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Final on Tuesday.
The Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor, best known for playing Don Draper on the AMC drama "Mad Men," celebrated the Blues' 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 7 of the second round against the Dallas Stars with forward Pat Maroon, a fellow St. Louis native who scored the series-winning goal.
"This is what makes hockey amazing. This is why I've loved hockey since I was a little kid. This is why I've loved St. Louis Blues hockey since I was a little kid," Hamm said. "It is phenomenally exciting. I'm not going to say I knew we were going to win. But I felt we were going to win. And I'm glad we won because I felt we were the better team out on the ice. And I just saw a lot of the [players] after the game and I think they felt the same way.
Hamm, a lifelong Blues fan, actually hugged Maroon after the victory, which moved the Blues into the conference final against the winner of Game 7 between the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
It might have been more of a hug of relief than celebration after the tense all-or-nothing game that saw the Blues outshoot the Stars 54-30.
"We dominated those guys for three periods and still could have lost," Hamm said after in the locker room after the game. "And that [stinks]. Except it didn't."