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
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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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