'Underrated' David Perron Praised for 2 Goals as Blues Upset Avalanche in Game 2

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2022

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 19: Pavel Buchnevich #89, David Perron #57 and Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena on May 19, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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David Perron scored twice, including the game-winning goal, to help lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the top-seeded Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series Thursday night.

Perron now leads the Blues with seven goals in eight appearances so far in the 2022 NHL playoffs. His 11 postseason points are already the second-most in his career, trailing only the 16 he put up during St. Louis' run to the 2019 Stanley Cup title.

Daniel Friedman @DanJFriedman

David Perron is the most underrated player in the NHL and has been for years. It’s not particularly close, either. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a>

The Blues and Avs are leveled at one win apiece as the series shifts to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis for the next two contests.

"It's playoffs. Big roller coaster," Perron told reporters. "We didn't feel good about ourselves last game. Tonight we had a lot more guys [playing well]."

Here's a look at more reaction to the 33-year-old winger's standout performance:

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

Can't stop <a href="https://twitter.com/DP_57?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DP_57</a> on the power play. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://t.co/6D8tFy8Vhy">pic.twitter.com/6D8tFy8Vhy</a>

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

DAVID PERRON YOU BEAUTY, YOU! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://t.co/SyvvqS21Ve">pic.twitter.com/SyvvqS21Ve</a>

Jesse Granger @JesseGranger_

David Perron has been unreal. <br><br>He’s a machine in these playoffs.

Bob Pompeani @KDPomp

David Perron = $$$ in playoffs

Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn

I feel like David Perron has been around for 45 years and is always good for scoring annoying goals

J.D. Burke @JDylanBurke

I mean, come on... <a href="https://t.co/Wj1I08REev">pic.twitter.com/Wj1I08REev</a>

Eric Stephens @icemancometh

David Perron is 33 and seemingly only getting better.

Chris Gear @vangearman

I feel like we don’t talk about David Perron enough. 15 seasons in the league. Closing in on 1000 games and 300 goals. 20 or more goals six times. Would have had 20+ in the lockout and pandemic years as well. Consistent and underrated. And I just realized he’s from my hometown!

Jordan Kyrou and Brandon Saad also found the net for St. Louis. Gabriel Landeskog tallied the only goal for Colorado, which suffered its first loss of the playoffs after it swept the Nashville Predators in the first round.

Goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced to pick up the win for the Blues.

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.