ST. LOUIS– Thanks to a certain motivation and a desire to make up for lost time, David Peron finds himself in elite company in St. Louis Blues history before Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Colorado Avalanche at Enterprise Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, SN , VAT).
That the 7-best streak against the Avalanche, the top-ranked team in the Western Conference, is tied 1-1 is largely a testament to Perron. The forward’s two goals in a 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Thursday not only tied the series, but made him the first Blues player to score seven goals in the first eight games of the playoffs. the Stanley Cup since Shayne Corson in 1996.
This isn’t the first time in the playoffs that Perron, who turns 34 on May 28, has worked his way into St. Louis playoff lore.
In a 4-0 win at the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the first round, he became the 14th player in Blues history with a playoff hat-trick, the first since Jaden Schwartz in the 2019 Western Conference Finals.
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“Yes, after all these years it’s a long way to go for many reasons, many ways, so obviously I’m proud of that,” Perron said. “It’s super cool. I have a lot of pride wearing the Blue Note.”
Perron leads St. Louis with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in eight playoff games, and entering Friday was tied for fourth in the NHL in points this playoff.
He also played a pivotal role in the power play and in clutch situations; he leads the Blues with six points (three goals, three assists) on the power play and scored two game-winning goals.
In Game 2, Perron scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal on a one-timer from the left face-off circle with 34 seconds left in the second period, giving St. Louis a 2-game lead. -0 and turned out to be the winning goal.
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“He’s a really good player on the power play,” Blues coach Craig Berube said of Perron, who led St. Louis in goals (11) and points (26) on the power play during the of the regular season. “He’s been a good guy on the power play for a while now, whether it’s shooting or making plays. He’s competitive, he hangs on to the puck and doesn’t lose it.
Perron’s goal at 10:31 of the third period gave the Blues a 3-1 lead. He led a 2-on-1 race with his linemate Pavel Buchnevichkept the puck and beat the Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper on the short side, past his glove.
“It was exciting to play with ‘Buch’,” Perron said. “I haven’t been lucky, really, and I’ve seen so many of his assists this year, goals, defensive awareness, all that stuff. To be on the ice doing it with him is a good feeling.
For St. Louis to take the lead in the series, they must continue the effective forecheck that gave them an advantage in Game 2 and helped minimize the offense from high-scoring Colorado forwards. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskogwho combined for a goal and two assists.
“We have to stay calm, in control and kind of minimize the chances that they have,” Perron said, “and try to find that momentum next shift because they keep coming at you and that’s all the five with [defensemen Cale] Makar and [Devon] Toews. They do a good job. I thought we were pretty calm. We did a great job and from the start we got off to a good start.
“We forced them to defend. It will definitely slow them down a bit, chipping away at their bodies so they can’t get the speed they want. We did a good job in the first two periods and in the third, [goalie Jordan Binnington] held the lid for us (making 11 of his 30 saves). He had a good push and it was a great win.”
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