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Published on May 3, 2008
9/7/2011: RIP Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev. Both players played in this game and were aboard the plane crash that killed the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. The hockey community will miss both of you as well as the other 41 People who died today.
This is the greatest third period comeback in the history of the NHL. Only three times has a team come back from being behind 5 goals in the third period, and the Blues completed their comeback in the least amount of time. The Blues trailed 5-0 with 15:10 remaining in he game, and came back to score 5 goals to force overtime, and would then score 17 seconds into OT. Al Macinnis, who scored the Blues 3rd goal in this game, also played on the Flames in 1987 when they did the same thing, coming back from being down 5-0 in 15:44 and winning in Overtime. The other occasion was in 1982 in the playoffs between the Kings and Oilers. The Kings were trailing 5-0 in the third period of a best of 5 series that was tied 1-1. They started their comeback with 17:26 remaining in the 3rd. They eventually won the series, upsetting the oilers and wayne gretzky.
Aside from the historical significance of this game, it really epitomizes everything that was good about the Blues in the Late 90's and early 2000's. Al Macinnis with his rocket shot, Pavol Demitra and others explosive offense, the spirit to keep fighting even when they should be down and out, and Ken Wilson with the amazing Play by Play. It's a shame this team was never able to bring the cup to St.Louis.