Coach Craig Berube praised the resiliency of the St. Louis Blues after they kept their season alive with a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Blues, 11/2 to turn the series around and reach the conference final, fought back from 3-0 down, and scored in the final minute with the goalie pulled to eventually win in overtime and cut the series deficit to 3-2.
The second fightback was particularly impressive as, after tying the game 3-3 in the final five minutes, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon scored a hat-trick goal to put the Blues behind again with just 2.46 remaining.
With hats raining down on to the ice and the Colorado home crowd in raptures, Berube called a time-out to calm his team and they responded by scoring with goalie Ville Husso pulled for the extra skater in the last minute.
Forward Tyler Bozak completed the comeback in overtime, meaning St. Louis became the first team in NHL history to score two game-tying goals in the final five minutes of regulation when facing elimination.
Berube said to the media: "Our team has got a lot of guts and they're a resilient bunch of guys. I thought they were positive.
"We talked about what we were going to do with the goalie and stuff (during the timeout), and it ended up working out."
The Blues (49-22-11) finished third and ten points behind the first-placed Avalanche (56-19-7) in the Central Division and the pair meet in Game 6 of the series in St. Louis on Friday.