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The St. Louis Blues Head Home Tied 1-1 In Their Series With The San Jose Sharks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

When Robert Bortuzzo last scored a playoff goal, he was a rookie. In junior hockey.

It was 2007 and Bortuzzo was a lanky 18-year-old when he scored for the Kitchener Rangers in an OHL playoff game. Twelve years later, the 30-year-old St. Louis Blues defenceman can’t remember the goal.

But he’ll never forget the one he scored Monday when, with the San Jose Sharks in a feeding frenzy, he worked a beautiful give-and-go with blue-line partner Joel Edmundson, skated away from 39-year-old Joe Thornton, and buried a backhand top corner to break a 2-2 tie and send St. Louis on to a 4-2 win that evened the Western Conference Final at 1-1.

Bortuzzo, who had played 30 NHL playoff games over eight seasons and never scored. Bortuzzo, who was scratched in half of St. Louis’ first 14 games this Stanley Cup tournament.

Bortuzzo! Bortuzzo! Bortuzzo!

Have you ever seen him score a goal like that?


Watch the game highlights below.

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