The lesson: Don’t put the St. Louis Blues on the power play, no matter how little time is left in the game.
The last team to win the Stanley Cup not named the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in an 18-second span on Sunday inside the final minute to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat against the Dalls Stars on Sunday at Enterprise Center.
Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly buried a rebound on a power play with 46.3 seconds remaining to tie the game 1-1 [until then, Stars forward Jason Robertson‘s second period score was the lone goal].
Before O’Reilly’s shot found the back of the net, however, the Stars were called for a delayed penalty and never regained possession of the puck.
The Blues started the ensuing face-off with a man advantage and, just 18 seconds later, Jordan Kyrou scored when what appeared to be a crossing pass hit Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa in the leg and went right in to the net. Stars goalie Braden Holtby never had a fair chance at it.
“It was mayhem,” O’Reilly said of the final minute.
But the Blues know, as does every other hockey tean, when the puck bounces your way, especially in the final minute, you don’t ask questions.