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Video: Oshie pulls off ‘crazy’ move to set up Backes

Mar 9, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

The St. Louis Blues are third in the league in goals per game without having a single player in the top-30 of the NHL’s scoring race.

They’ve accomplished that feat by having a balanced squad where almost any player can be the hero in any given game. On Saturday, it was Oshie that made his presence known, beating Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin one-on-one with an impressive deke before shoving the puck to David Backes to put the Blues on the board in their eventual 2-1 victory.

You can view his maneuver below:

“It’s crazy what he does out there and I’m the beneficiary,” Backes said after the game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m just going to the net like I’m supposed to, and he makes a fantastic play. Then the vision as he’s going down to find me backdoor, that’s 100 percent his goal all the way.”

The Blues have now won four straight games to improve to 43-14-6 this season. It’s debatable whether you want to refer to any of their forwards as a star, but they certainly have plenty of scoring depth and when you combine that with one of the best defenses in the league and newly acquired goaltender Ryan Miller, you have a team that could go far in the playoffs.

  1. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Not trying to troll but any blues fans remember this much excitement about your team since the Brett Hull years?

    • paperlions - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      I imagine that locally there has been similar levels of excitement since then (e.g. year they won the President’s trophy), but not the national talk about the team. The Blues have to be about 10 times more interesting than the Flyers/Penguins/Blackhawks/Rangers/Bruins for anyone outside of StL to pay them much mind, which is fine.

      I don’t really care about all of the excitement/attention, I just want people to start referring to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory before I am old enough to need diapers.

    • jhaegs - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      I’ve enjoyed watching them over the years. I could care less what other people think…

  2. paperlions - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Vintage Oshie. He falls down a lot. It just seems like most of the time when he makes moves like that he stops skating and all the focus is on the puck. If he could ever figure out how to keep his feet moving while making those moves, he could be a star.

    • jhaegs - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      A fun drinking game we like to play is to drink every time Oshie falls. I’ve had a lot of hangovers the day after a Blues game…

      • goodolejr - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        We have a similar game in Philly for Hartnell. Imagine those 2 on the same line? Gee wiz..

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