The St. Louis Blues gained the primary Stanley Cup of their 52-year historical past Wednesday evening, beating the Boston Bruins, Four-1, at the street in Recreation 7 of a back-and-forth collection to finish a Cinderella comeback from ultimate position midway during the season.
Objectives by means of Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford ended the Blues’ standing because the oldest workforce nonetheless within the league by no means to have gained the Stanley Cup. It was once the 390th playoff recreation of their historical past, none of which, till Wednesday evening, had clinched a championship.
The Blues had been the ultimate of the six groups that joined the Nationwide Hockey League within the 1967 enlargement to have gained the championship. (Some of the six groups, the Oakland Seals, sooner or later merged with the Minnesota North Stars, which later moved to Dallas and gained the identify in 1999.)
St. Louis was once ultimate within the Central Department on Jan. three however then went on a tear, profitable 30 of its ultimate 45 common season video games to sail into the playoffs because the 5th seed within the Western Convention.
They defeated the Dallas Stars in seven video games after which the San Jose Sharks in six to arrange a showdown with the Bruins — the workforce that beat them the ultimate time they made the finals, 49 years in the past.
Boston, in contrast, went into the collection preferred to win their 7th cup. However after St. Louis took a 3 games-to-two lead ultimate week, the Bruins needed to win at the street in St. Louis on Sunday simply to get to Recreation 7 — handiest the 17th Recreation 7 because the finals went to a seven-game structure 80 years in the past.
The Bruins trusted a sizzling goaltender, Tuuka Rask, all through the collection, all the way through which Rask ranked first in save proportion and goals-against moderate. But it surely was once the Blues’ goalie, Jordan Binnington, who stood tall after a quite shaky playoff run as he close down the third-highest-scoring offense within the NHL prior to the Bruins’ Matthew Grzelcyk claimed a overdue comfort function.