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 two shots on goal, four hits and two blocked shots in a St. Louis-high 27:40 of ice time in the Blues' 3-2 overtime win in Game 2.
In his third entry, Parayko writes about the first Cup Final win in Blues history and his reaction to defenseman Carl Gunnarsson's goal at 3:51 of overtime.
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It's special, obviously. It was a crazy game. In the first period, with four goals, we were down twice, we came back and came back again, and it was just a really close game from then on. Both teams continued to push, we both had good chances. Both the goalies made huge stops at big times, and that's playoff hockey.
It's really cool for us to be in that locker room and be a part of history for the St. Louis Blues because obviously our organization is so close. We have so many guys that are still around the organization that played here previously. You see them all the time, and that's the coolest part: We're really a close organization, and it's fun that we all get to do it all together. We're the ones on the ice, but we're all in it together, players, coaches, staff, fans and alumni. That's the best part of it. It's exciting for everybody, the whole city of St. Louis, anybody who has been a Blues fan for a long time.
I'm so happy for [Gunnarsson]. It's just tremendous. He's a guy that works so hard, that does all the little things the right way, and for him to be rewarded like that, it's deserved. You watch him out there, he's so sound, that he makes the right play all the time. He's a player that plays the right way. He never makes mistakes, and to have a player like that who might fly under the radar … that is just tremendous. I'm so happy for him. A fellow D-man, it just puts a smile on my face.
Heading into overtime, I just tried to prepare like I did in previous intermissions, do whatever you can to regroup, catch your breath, kind of catch your energy. As a team, we want to come out flying and give ourselves the best chance to win, and I thought we did that. We kind of stepped it up early in the overtime and continued to press, and we got it done.
It's going to be crazy in St. Louis for Game 3. Our fans have been tremendous all season, and we're excited to get back home with the split. It's big after losing the first game. We continue to play good hockey when we need to, and it's fun. We continue to get contributions from everyone in the lineup, and that's the best part.
We have to make sure we have our emotions in check at home and play our game. We can't deviate away from our game. We have to make sure we stick to the process and what works, and I think we have done a good job with that, even in Game 1 (a 4-2 loss). We just have to make sure we take the energy from it, but at the same time continue to play our game, so I think we're going to do that and we're looking forward to it.