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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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 46 24 23 23 47
A. Steen 44 15 25 8 40
K. Shattenkirk 46 8 31 17 39
J. Schwartz 39 16 21 15 37
D. Backes 45 16 17 5 33
J. Lehtera 45 9 21 16 30
T. Oshie 38 13 15 11 28
A. Pietrangelo 46 4 23 0 27
P. Stastny 38 9 16 5 25
P. Berglund 45 6 9 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 13 5 2 .930 1.86
J. Allen 13 5 2 .900 2.65

 
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