In the 78 career post-season games St. Louis Blues winger Troy Brouwer had played heading into the 2015-16 playoffs, he had always performed well but he wasn’t exactly a consistent goal scorer or frequently found on the scoresheet. Through the six playoffs that Brouwer had played in, he had scored seven goals and 19 points. Not bad, but not great.
This season's playoff run has been different, though, and through 19 games Brouwer is having the post-season of his career.
Heading into Game 5 of the Western Conference final, Brouwer had scored seven times, matching his career output over the course of one single playoff. And it took only 15 minutes of play in Monday’s contest for Brouwer to get goal No. 8, and the tally came in style.
As the Blues rushed into the offensive zone, a shot from Paul Stastny was turned aside by San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. But Jones’ attempt to turn the puck aside and into the corner caused it to go into the air into the path of an oncoming Brouwer. As he came toward the puck, Brouwer took aim, swatted it out of mid-air and into the cage behind Jones:
With eight goals in the post-season, Brouwer is, incredibly, only 10 shy of his goal total from the entire regular season and he suited up in all 82 games for the Blues during the campaign. It doesn’t hurt that Brouwer is seeing more ice time than he has all season, though, but there’s good reason for that when he’s producing the way he has been during these playoffs.
Brouwer's goal, as fantastic as it was, wasn't enough to keep the Blues ahead for long, though. St. Louis' 2-1 lead would disappear in the second period and the Blues fell to the Sharks 6-3 in an ever-important Game 5. St. Louis now heads to San Jose for Game 6 of the Western Conference final facing elimination for the third time all post-season.