Robby Fabbri (Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)
St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri has impressed in the first-round matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks, and he got rewarded in Game 5 with his first career playoff goal. The goal was a memorable one, too.
St. Louis may have lost Game 5 in double overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks, but there were some great things happening for the Blues. Among the positives for St. Louis were that they dominated the third period, rallied from a two-goal deficit and had plenty of great chances in overtime. But what stood out most was the play of youngster Robby Fabbri.
Fabbri, 20, has looked incredibly dangerous with the puck on his stick throughout the first round series against the Blackhawks, and he was at it again Thursday night. Fabbri was making defenders miss throughout the game and it seemed almost inevitable that Game 5 would be his night to notch his first career playoff goal. Sure enough, it was Fabbri who sparked the Blues’ comeback to send the game to overtime, and he did it in style.
Seven minutes into the third, Fabbri took a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo before gliding into the Blackhawks’ zone. Fabbri moved in on Brent Seabrook, cut around the Blackhawks defenseman with ease, worked into the slot and fired a shot that beat Corey Crawford under his blocker:
Fabbri’s goal started the two-goal comeback, but he didn’t stop there. With less than five minutes remaining, Fabbri made a pass while falling that made its way to Pietrangelo, who was stationed on the blueline. Pietrangelo’s shot was tipped home by Backes for the game-tying goal, and Fabbri had his second two-point game of the series.
With the way the Blues played in Game 5, it’s hard not to like their chances in Game 6, but add to it that Fabbri’s finding his game at the right time and one has to wonder how the Blackhawks can slow down the Blues offense. Fabbri adds to an already deep lineup that includes the likes of Vladimir Taranseko, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, David Backes and Jaden Schwartz. That’s scary depth, and if Fabbri keeps it up, it’s hard to imagine St. Louis’ run ending in the first round.