The St. Louis Blues won the first Stanley Cup of their 52-year history Wednesday night, beating the Boston Bruins, 4-1, on the avenue in Game 7 of a support-and-forth series to complete a Cinderella comeback from last impart halfway by the season.
Dreams by Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford ended the Blues’ impart because the oldest crew quiet in the league never to get won the Stanley Cup. It turned into the 390th playoff sport of their history, none of which, till Wednesday night, had clinched a championship.
The Blues get been the last of the six groups that joined the National Hockey League in the 1967 enlargement to get won the championship. (Truly appropriate one of the essential six groups, the Oakland Seals, by hook or by crook merged with the Minnesota North Stars, which later moved to Dallas and won the title in 1999.)
St. Louis turned into last in the Central Division on Jan. 3 nonetheless then went on a skedaddle, a hit 30 of its closing forty five traditional season video games to dash into the playoffs because the fifth seed in the Western Conference.
They defeated the Dallas Stars in seven video games after which the San Jose Sharks in six to area up a showdown with the Bruins — the crew that beat them the last time they made the finals, 49 years in the past.
Boston, by contrast, went into the series appreciated to decide their seventh cup. But after St. Louis took a three video games-to-two lead last week, the Bruins had to decide on the avenue in St. Louis on Sunday excellent to derive to Game 7 — easiest the 17th Game 7 since the finals went to a seven-sport layout 80 years in the past.
The Bruins relied on a sizzling goaltender, Tuuka Rask, right by the series, right by which Rask ranked first in put percentage and dreams-in opposition to realistic. However it turned into the Blues’ goalie, Jordan Binnington, who stood large after a sexy shaky playoff escape as he shut down the third-absolute top-scoring offense in the NHL before the Bruins’ Matthew Grzelcyk claimed a tiring consolation unbiased.