|DAVID PERRON, Blues|
|BEST IN CLASS — DOOR STEP|
David Perron of the Blues walked into a Panthers cage, tiptoed along burning coals, and came out the other side with a beautiful goal for his troubles.
The St. Louis left wing displayed stickhandling skills and courage in equal measure in putting the Blues up 3-2 in the third period.
Collecting the puck at the top of the right circle, Perron went unchallenged as he took a diagonal path toward the Florida goal. But James Reimer was standing tall in his net, refusing to drop down and give Perron a window to shoot at.
So Perron refused to throw an ineffectual shot at him, instead holding on to the puck. His first effort to trick the Florida goalie was to execute a very difficult toe drag in cramped quarters just off the right corner of the crease. But Reimer followed the move and gave Perron nothing to shoot at.
By this time, Perron might have expected to be affixed to the crossbar, but instead still found himself controlling the puck as he glided across the front of the crease.
When he emerged on the other side of the net, still in control of the puck, Perron saw that Reimer finally had left the net vacant after an unsuccessful lunge with his goal stick at the puck. From there, a simple flick of the wrist completed a daredevil assault on the Florida net.
And the only ones singed were the other five Panthers who loped around in their lair as David escaped from the lions’ den.
|4/7/2017 vs. Florida|