Pat Maroon dreamed of this moment as a kid playing for the St. Louis AAA Blues. He'd close his eyes and imagine he was Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Brendan Shanahan or one of the other elite Blues players of yesteryear, scoring the winning goal in a Stanley Cup Playoff game for his hometown team.
On Monday, about 20 years later, his fantasy became reality.
The Blues forward, born and bred in St. Louis, was still in disbelief as he met with the media after his goal with 98 seconds remaining in the third period gave St. Louis a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at American Airlines Center.
"It hasn't really hit me yet," Maroon said, understandably wearing an omnipresent grin. "You've just got to continue to keep going. It's an honor to play for my hometown team. Game 4's Wednesday. We've got to find ways to compete and play hard again."
Maroon's goal helped the Blues take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is at Dallas (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).