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Blues updates: A closer look at LA's game-winning goal

Blues updates: A closer look at LA's game-winning goal


On Slava Voynov's game-winning goal Wednesday night, lifting LA to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Blues in Game 5, Brian Elliott was reading a high shot.

"Three on two and I saw (Jaden Schwartz) coming back as hard as he could," Elliott said. "(Anze Kopitar) slid it over a little sooner than our d-men expected and made a good pass. Schwartzy got a stick on (Voynov's) stick. You never going to tell him not to do it, but it's kind of a bad break. That's why anything can happen in overtime."

Voynov was aiming upstairs, but when Schwartz got a stick on Voynov's stick, it stopped him from being able to lift the puck and instead it stayed low. 

"I was hustling back as hard as I could and got a stick on him," Schwartz said. "He definitely wasn't going five-hole there. If anything, he fanned on the shot. I got a stick on him, but it wasn't enough."

Blues goalie coach Corey Hirsch met with Elliott and they discussed Voynov's game-winner.

"As a goalie, you don't really read where the puck is going," Hirsch said. "You read where it's going off the stick. So if it looks like a guy is going to go high blocker like that, and it ends up going five sometimes when guys fan on shots, they actually score. Very similar.

"So when Jaden hits his hands, which isn't anybody's fault, it just changes the whole dynamic of the play. That's why you see 'Ells' kind of bobble a little bit and it goes through his legs. That's overtime. That's hockey. Ells is fine. He's mentally strong enough where he can do it ... blow it off."

Elliott will be back in net for Game 6 Friday in LA.

"I don't think it's any different than any other game," Elliott said. "It's just trying to get the job done and having the confidence to just go out there and play your game. It's not about putting too much pressure on yourself. It's about going out and executing. I think guys overall think that we can execute better than we have. It's all about getting it back here (for Game 7 Monday)."

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Jeremy Rutherford is the lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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