|PATRIK BERGLUND, Blues|
|BEST IN CLASS — REDIRECT|
Patrik Berglund gives St. Louis an imposing down-low presence with his 6’4″, 225 pound frame. But it was his deftness with his stick that delivered a late win to the Blues against Dallas.
With time running down during a back-and-forth contest, Kevin Shattenkirk of St. Louis collected the puck at the left point. Shattenkirk, often lethal from the blue line, instead spotted Berglund coming out from behind the net all alone in the lower part of the left circle.
Using one of his favorite tricks, Shattenkirk began to wind up for a shot, but knew all along he would feed the puck to Berglund on a shot-pass. Berglund was clearly ready for the feed and dropped down to one knee as the puck came his way. With the Stars defensemen pinching in to toward the goal-mouth to either block Shattenkirk’s shot or clear the rebound, Berglund had a clear path to the net on with his redirect.
With his momentum still moving forward toward Shattenkirk, Berglund laid the blade of his stick on the crisp pass and angled his shot above the inside shoulder of goaltender Antti Niemi.
The clutch goal proved decisive, coming just inside the last two minutes of the third period, and reflected great preparation and execution between two longtime teammates.
|1/7/2017 vs. Dallas.
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