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Oshie Scores One for the Highlight Reel

Memorable goal tops off phenomenal game for Blues' rookie forward

Friday, 03.27.2009 / 3:34 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Oshie Scores One for the Highlight Reel
Rookie T.J. Oshie has quickly become a fan favorite in St. Louis, and with goals like the one he scored March 26 vs. Vancouver, it's easy to see why. (Getty Images).
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“O-SHIE! O-SHIE! O-SHIE!”

The chant was loud and clear, and deservedly so.

As if two big hits and ferocious penalty killing wasn’t enough on Thursday, Blues’ rookie T.J. Oshie captivated the crowd and stole the show with a goal that even Alex Ovechkin could admire.

With his team trailing the Vancouver Canucks by a goal early in the second period, Oshie took a pass from David Perron and danced around veteran defenseman Mattias Ohlund. Then, holding onto the puck, he drew goaltender Roberto Loungo out of position before burying a shot into the open net to even the score.

If there was ever a formula to send a sell-out crowd into a screaming frenzy, this was it.

“I just really wanted to get that,” Oshie said.

“He holds on, holds on, holds on, steps through two veteran defenseman and gets one of the best goalies down and out,” said Blues forward David Backes, who was given the impossible task by the media of trying to describe a goal that no words could describe. “Unbelievable goal by him, gets all the guys going.”

After missing the morning skate with a touch of the flu, Oshie topped off a stellar performance with a shorthanded assist, setting up a breakaway goal by Backes that put the Blues ahead in the game, 2-1.

Much like each of the Blues’ wins since early January, Thursday’s 4-2 victory was a team effort, but Oshie was certainly the center of attention.

“He’s unbelievable. He’s so tenacious, just the awareness and his hockey sense is unbelievable,” said goalie Chris Mason, who stopped 21 shots for his first career victory over the Canucks. “He’s part of what this team is all about. He never quits, he’s such a hard worker…he’s a great player.”

“He’s energetic, he’s fresh out there, just doing it all,” Backes added. “Hopefully (management) locks him up for 20 years here.”

Blues’ Head Coach Andy Murray, who typically refrains from praising individual players for a more team-first approach, had rave reviews for his rookie forward.

“I think what people appreciate about our whole team, and T.J. is a pretty good example of this, is hard work,” Murray said. “It’s great to see the nice moves and things like that, but I think (the fans) like his level of determination and they appreciate that.”

The Blues, once considered down and out by many, have begun to grab headlines with their stellar play as they drive towards their first postseason berth since 2004. The team is 10-4-1 since Feb. 24 and has moved to within one point of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Part of their success can be attributed to the young guys, Oshie included. Some credit belongs to the defense, a group that has remained strong despite the losses of Erik Johnson and captain Eric Brewer to injury. The rest can be attributed to Mason, who has shrugged off a 3-13 start to boast a 21-20-6 record.

The Blues won’t have much time to enjoy the win. They have just eight games remaining on their schedule, including six on the road, to clinch a spot in the playoffs. But for at least a day, Oshie can enjoy the most memorable goal of his young career.

“This (goal) is up there for me,” he said. “Especially at this time of the year and in the situation we’re in.”

Oh, and about the crowd chanting his name?

“(That’s) unreal,” Oshie said. “It’s one of those things when you’re younger, you imagine the crowd screaming your name. For that to happen my first year, it’s something else.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 63 31 30 27 61
A. Steen 61 19 32 6 51
J. Schwartz 56 20 27 13 47
T. Oshie 55 17 27 11 44
D. Backes 62 21 22 4 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 55 12 25 11 37
J. Lehtera 56 9 24 13 33
A. Pietrangelo 63 6 27 -2 33
P. Berglund 59 8 12 -2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 20 9 2 .921 2.20
J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
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