Troy Brouwer's first goal of the post-season at 8:31 of the third period Monday night lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 triumph and a series victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blues will meet the Dallas Stars in the second round. Brouwer, who was part of the Cup-winning team with Chicago in 2010, redirected Robby Fabbri's pass and the puck hit the post. He missed on a second try before backhanding a shot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, giving the Blues their first Game 7 victory since defeating the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. Brouwer ended a playoff drought of 24 goalless games, dating back to May 8, 2013, when he was with the Washington Capitals. Jori Lehtera gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead a minute into the game. Colton Parayka made it 2-0 at 13:43 of the first. The Hawks tied the score at 2-2, setting up Brouwer's dramatic goal. Apr 25 - 11:59 PM