After hitting the publish late in regulation in Sport 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Ultimate, Gunnarsson memorably told Blues coach Craig Berube within the rest room at intermission, “I simply want another.” He scored 3:51 into time beyond regulation to tie the collection towards the Boston Bruins, and the Blues went on to win their first championship.
“Even coming into the locker room and the entire story with Berube, it is form of a blur,” Gunnarsson mentioned in a video information convention. “However what you keep in mind, what you have seen on video, it is only a good feeling.”
It was the one aim Gunnarsson scored in 68 profession NHL playoff video games. But he does not have the puck from that aim in his possession.
“I want I did,” he mentioned. “I could not come up with it, so I am unsure the place it’s or who’s acquired it proper now. I attempted to come up with it straight away, however somebody snagged it and I am unsure the place it’s.”
Blues basic supervisor Doug Armstrong known as Gunnarsson a “consummate skilled” who has performed properly for St. Louis the previous seven seasons.
“From his legendary aim in Sport 2 of the finals to his quite a few contributions to the St. Louis neighborhood, he’ll proceed to be a shining instance for present and future Blues [players],” Armstrong mentioned in a press release.
Gunnarsson performed 629 regular-season video games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Blues after making his NHL debut in 2009. A gentle, defense-first presence on the blue line, he recorded 138 factors and averaged over 18 minutes per recreation on the ice.
“Probably the greatest teammates ever,” Blues teammate David Perron tweeted. “You made us imagine with that OT aim in Sport 2! Will always remember that second & extra collectively! Our battles in observe like we have been 2 younger guys attempting to make an impression! Cherished each minute of it!”
The 34-year-old Swede had his twelfth season in North America lower quick by a knee harm in February. Gunnarsson mentioned his rehab and restoration are on schedule to the purpose he might most likely play by November however determined to hold up his skates as a substitute.
“My physique’s been taking a little bit beating, and final 12 months was not as we needed or as I needed: no followers and form of a bizarre season after which the harm occurred,” he mentioned. “I felt like this was my time.”