ST. LOUIS — Pat Maroon had long dreamed of becoming a hometown hero.
The 31-year-old St. Louis native got to live out that fantasy Tuesday night.
Maroon scored 5:50 into the second overtime, Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and the Blues outlasted Dallas 2-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
St. Louis will face the winner of the Avalanche-Sharks series in the conference finals.
Maroon slammed in a loose puck after Robert Thomas hit the goal post on a rush down the right wing.
The puck then bounced off Dallas goalie Ben Bishop and dropped in the crease.
It was the second game-winning goal of the series for Maroon, who savored the moment in front of dozens of family and friends.
“As a kid, playing in a basement, on the street, you always think about doing this,” Maroon said. “It’s unreal. It means the world.”
Maroon deflected credit for the goal to Thomas, whose rush helped create the winner.
“I saw an opening and I shot it,” Thomas said. “He was there to bang it in.”
Maroon struggled at times during the regular season, going 23 games without a goal. But he has scored three goals in the postseason.
“I got to my game and I got my confidence back where it needs to be,” Maroon said. “It’s been a heck of a journey.”
St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo felt Maroon deserved a little puck luck.
“He’s been working so hard,” Piertrangelo said. “What a cool moment for him.”
Steve Overbey is an Associated Press writer.
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