MONTREAL — It happened four days ago, but Keith Tkachuk still can’t believe how his St. Louis Blues rallied from two goals down in the final 90 seconds to tie the Boston Bruins and then win a shootout last Monday at TD Banknorth Garden.
When asked yesterday during the Western Conference All-Stars’ media availability if he had to calm down some of his younger teammates after the win, Tkachuk explained: “I think I was the most emotional out of all of them. You’ve got to keep your composure, but I can’t believe we tied it up with one second left.”
Actually, the Blues tied it with 0.8 left on the clock. The win over the top team in the Eastern Conference could prove to be a turning point for the Blues, who followed up with a 2-0 win over Chicago Wednesday.
“It’s been huge. It gave us a lot of momentum. Boston is one of the best teams in the league. They have injuries, but to go in there, and we felt we deserved the win even though we were down by two,” he said. “Just to come back like that, it helped us going into Chicago, beating a tough team, dominating a team pretty easy. So hopefully it can keep going because we need it.”
Tkachuk, a Boston-area native, will turn 37 in March. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent again this summer. When asked about his future with the Blues, he refused to speculate. When pressed on whether he sized up the Bruins Monday to see where he might fit on the Cup-contending team, he just concluded: “No, I’m very happy in St. Louis right now. Who knows what’s going to happen by March 4.”