Monday, April 27, 2015

1997-98 St. Louis Blues Geoff Courtnall Jersey

On this date in 1998, the Los Angeles Kings hosted the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with the Blues leading the series 2-0 after a pair of games in St. Louis.

Ian Laperriere opened the scoring for the Kings when he beat St. Louis goaltender Grant Fuhr with assists from Ray Ferraro and Steve McKenna at 11:01.

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The Kings celebrate Laperriere's goal

Yanic Perreault extended the Kings lead to 2-0 when he converted a pass from Luc Robitaille with just nine seconds remaining in the first period with Al MacInnis in the penalty box for St. Louis for holding the stick.

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Yanic Perreault scored the Kings second goal

At 11:03 of the second period the Kings Sean O'Donnell scored from Robitaille and Aki Berg to give the Kings a three goal lead. The period would end with no further scoring and the shots on goal after two periods at 27-20 in favor of the Blues with Kings goalie Jamie Storr turing aside all 27 St. Louis shots.

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Storr held St. Louis scoreless through two periods

Shortly after the third period got underway the Kings Vladimir Tsyplakov was sent off for tripping at 1:42, but Storr and the Kings successfully killed off the Blues man advantage.

Craig Conroy of the Blues took an elbowing penalty at 5:07 for the Blues followed 45 seconds later by teammate Chris Pronger being sent off for slashing, giving the Kings a two-man advantage for 1:45. Fuhr and the Blues were able to not only kill off the 5-on-3, but the remaining time in Pronger's minor, keeping the score 3-0 for Los Angeles.

The game changed at the 8:34 mark when penalties were handed out to Geoff Courtnall of St. Louis for running Storr, Laperriere of the Kings for boarding and O'Donnell of the Kings received a rare, lone fighting major for going after Courtnall with fists blazing plus a game misconduct while Courtnall never even received so much as a roughing minor to go along with his charging penalty. The end result was a full five minute five on four power play for St. Louis.

The Blues were able to convert their advantage into a goal when Pascal Rheaume broke Storr's shutout bid at 9:59 when he knocked in a rebound with assists from MacInnis and Pronger with 3:35 still remaining on O'Donnell's major.

Just over a minute later at 11:03, Blues sniper Brett Hull scored from and nice cross-crease pass from Jim Campbell and Pronger to make the score 3-2 for Los Angeles, but with 2:31 still left in the Blues man advantage.

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Brett Hull

Pierre Turgeon then tied the game at 3-3 just 56 seconds later on a deflection, again from MacInnis and Pronger passing the puck from point to point before firing the puck toward the slot, which was Pronger's third assist in exactly two minutes of play.

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Pierre Turgeon tied the game at 3-3

With the Kings now back on their heels, the Blues attacked with 1:35 still remaining on their power play. Terry Yake then stunned the already silent Kings fans when he scored at 13:06 with assists from Steve Duchesne and MacInnis to put the Blues ahead 4-3 after they were trailing 3-0 just a little over three minutes earlier. Like Pronger, it was MacInnis' third assist on the same power play, only his took an additional 1:07 to accomplish.

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Terry Yake scored the record setting and
game winning goal for the Blues

The Blues four power play goals arrived in 3:07 to set an NHL record for the Fastest Four Power Play Goals in league history.

There would be no additional scoring in the contest, as Yake's goal stood as the game winner for the Blues to give them a 3-0 series lead.

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The Blues celebrate their stunning come from behind victory

The Kings would not recover from their stunning turnaround defeat in Game 3 and would go on to lose Game 4 and the series by a score of 2-1 two nights later, only this time with Stephane Fiset in goal.

Today's featured jersey is a 1997-98 St. Louis Blues Geoff Courtnall jersey as worn during the Blues record setting game in Los Angeles when he ran the Kings goaltender Storr, which resulted in a five minute power play for the Blues when O'Donnell went after Courtnall.

The Blues added a little red trim to their look in 1984. but it really became a large part of their new look in 1995, particularly the road blue jerseys, where the bottom third of the jersey and the sleeve ends became large areas of red, not just a minor trim color.

The multiple stripes across the torso were meant to convey the musical staff. The stripes were oriented diagonally, which was influenced by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's first jerseys from 1993-94, which led to diagonal striping being used by St. Louis, Calgary and Washington in 1995.

This jersey was used for three seasons until being replaced by their sharp new alternate in 1998-99.

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In today's video section, Courtnall clobbering Storr, which set off O'Donnell and led to the Blues five minute power play.

Next footage of the Blues record setting power play, during which they scored four goals in 3:07 to steal the game from the Kings.

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