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Stanley Cup Final blog: Colton Parayko

Blues defenseman shares off day plans, looks ahead to Game 4 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, 26, scored one goal in a team-high 26:54 of ice time in the Blues' 7-2 loss in Game 3 at Enterprise Center on Saturday. St. Louis trails the best-of-7 series 2-1.

In Parayko's fifth entry, he talks about spending time with his family after the game, what he will do Sunday afternoon, and shares his feelings heading into Game 4 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

After Game 3, I just went home. I saw both of my sisters -- one is younger, one is older -- my brother-in-law and their two kids. They flew in from St. Albert, which is near Edmonton, on Friday night, but I was not home because I was at the team hotel. So I went and saw them and they were up. I was surprised the kids were up, because they're 3 and 1, but I saw them for a little bit and we just caught up, and then I went to sleep and that's about it. 

 

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We didn't really talk about the game. They kind of understand just from being around a long time, but we kind of maybe talked a little bit about it, I can't really remember what we talked about exactly. But they always have some sort of questions and they talk about it a little bit, but it's good.

They all came to the game. They said they really enjoyed the atmosphere, but the outcome wasn't what we wanted. But they are looking forward to Game 4. The game obviously didn't go the way we wanted, but I thought we had a good start and they got a few there in the first, and it went the opposite direction of where we wanted it to.

The crowd was amazing. It was pretty exciting and obviously they were loud. I wonder if I have ever heard the Enterprise Center that loud before, so for us, it was cool to hear. Obviously, we want to try to use that energy to our advantage. Now that that one's behind us, we'll use it for Game 4 and get after it. 

Video: BOS@STL, Gm3: Parayko banks in PPG off defender

Today we just did some team meetings this morning, some guys are going on the ice right now and then some work in the gym. It's just a combination of things, taking care of the body, getting some work in.

Today I'm probably just going to take it easy at home, just going to relax. I'll see what my family is up to. I think some of them are going to the Cardinals game. I'm not going to end up going, but maybe for sure go for a walk or something along those lines if the weather is nice. Other than that, just relax and spend some time with my niece and nephew and the rest of the family. I don't necessarily try to not think about hockey on an off day. It depends, sometimes my family members like to chat about it. 

Usually there's lot of things to talk about. I like to hear what they have going on in their lives and what's been new. We talked a lot, but when you are still away from each other you miss out on a lot of things. My niece and nephew have grown so much. My nephew just started to walk, and I haven't seen him walk before. Just like the little things like that, you really appreciate and that really comes to life when you are with them, and just try to appreciate the time with them and have some fun. 

We're excited for Game 4. It's one of those things where you have to flip the page. We were in this situation last series, we were down 3-2 in the Dallas series. It's one of those things where, the score of the game, it is what it is at this point. It's 2-1, not a 7-2 game, it's a 2-1 series and that's what it is. It's an opportunity for us to go in there tomorrow and tie it 2-2 and that's the way we have to look at it. We've been it doing all season long, all playoffs long, just trust ourselves and play with confidence and have fun.

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