The Edmonton Oilers withstood a late rally by the St Louis Blues to win on Wednesday night, but no one really cares about that. The real story is former Capitals winger Troy Brouwer smashing former Capitals winger Matt Hendricks into the boards.
Brouwer was assessed a major and game misconduct. Hendricks, meanwhile, came back to do something typically lovely in the game’s final seconds.
Here’s the hit.
Brouwer and Jaden Schwartz are on attack in the corner. Hendricks, in the defensive zone to the surprise of absolutely nobody, pursues the play. Brouwer executes a hip check, but he’s not square with Hendricks. Hendricks probably loses an edge, and his head slams into the boards.
There’s blood. Hendricks is pissed.
That’s a 5 and a 10 for Brouwer. All of a sudden, Brouwer is competing for the Blues PIM crown (73, 4 behind Backes).
But that’s not all. The Blues survive the Oilers power play (which is good because Edmonton had already scored 4 PPGs at this point) and go for a 6-man attack in the closing seconds. Hendricks, who survived the hit but looks gnarly af, gets possession.
And like a true pro, he sets up Mark Letestu for the layup.
Even the calculator stats nerds with the coldest heart can appreciate the intangibles here. Grit and heart: the wheel’s got ’em.
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