Three Stars: Blues’ Brouwer helps cap Game 7 win
There were only two games, but it’ll be hard to top the 13th night of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
There were plenty of highlights, but these are the players who caught our eye most on Monday:
Troy Brouwer, St. Louis Blues
The Blues coveted Brouwer's grit when they acquired him from the Capitals last summer in the deal that sent T.J. Oshie to Washington. It’s safe to say they're pretty happy with his mitts, too. The 30-year-old banger chipped in 18 goals this season, but saved his biggest for Monday night. His backhander at 8:31 of the third period broke a 2–2 tie and led the Blues over the Hawks in a thrilling Game 7.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Man, did he need this one. The All-Star netminder had been outplayed by Anaheim's Frederik Andersen in the three previous games as Nashville's 2-0 series lead turned to a 3-2 deficit. But with their season on the line he delivered a statement, stopping 26 of 27 shots to lead the Preds to a 3–1 win in Game 6. His stop on Corey Perry, who was all alone in the low slot with 6:40 remaining, was a turning point. With that save in his pocket, anything is possible in Game 7.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
This was legendary stuff from Kane, a player determined to not go quietly into the off-season. He spent most of the game with the puck on a string, dashing around checkers and challenging Blues goalie Brian Elliott with five shot attempts. That one glorious chance Kane sent just wide in the second period will haunt him all summer, but he's got nothing to be ashamed. Game 7 demands the best of a player and he delivered.