Celebrating the Monday Night Miracle’s 31st anniversary on the actual date (May 12) it happened may have made more sense, but Blues fans and flood-affected greater St. Louisans could use the pick-me-up today.
Besides, it feels right celebrating the occasion while the team is still in action, as it’s a real possibility they could be golfing by the 12th without another miracle on par (pun not intended) with Doug Wickenheiser and the ’86 Blues’ heroics.
Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’ may be one of the most overplayed songs in music history, but the drum solo works well in most spots, especially whilst kicking off a sports-doc segment:
Wickenheiser put two past Calgary goalie Mike Vernon that night, along with two from Greg Paslawski in the eventual 6-5 Blues overtime win after trailing 4-1 in the second period. Blues announcer Ken Wilson had the national ESPN call while Dan Kelly described the action to Canadian TV audiences.
Flames defenseman Al MacInnis raised Blues blood pressure with his overtime shots that night, while fellow statued Blue and ’86 Flame, Brett Hull watched from the press box.
The night will live on in St. Louis’ sports-heart forever and will never be duplicated, but there’s always room for more miracles, right? Granted, a 2017 Blues miracle must take place over three games and not a three-goal deficit. Taking a page from Wick’s book and attacking for more rebound goals would certainly help against Pekka Rinne.
We’re not holding our breath, but as Yogi said: “It ain’t over til’ it’s over.” Stay tuned to 101ESPN and 101Sports.com for all your Blues postseason coverage and analysis.