The St. Louis Blues received the primary Stanley Cup of their 52-year historical past Wednesday evening, beating the Boston Bruins, Four-1, at the highway in Recreation 7 of a back-and-forth sequence to finish a Cinderella comeback from closing position midway in the course of the season.
Targets via 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 received the Stanley Cup. It used to be the 390th playoff sport of their historical past, none of which, till Wednesday evening, had clinched a championship.
The Blues have been the closing of the six groups that joined the Nationwide Hockey League within the 1967 growth to have received the championship. (One of the vital six groups, the Oakland Seals, ultimately merged with the Minnesota North Stars, which later moved to Dallas and received the identify in 1999.)
St. Louis used to be closing 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 closing time they made the finals, 49 years in the past.
Boston, in contrast, went into the sequence liked to win their 7th cup. However after St. Louis took a 3 games-to-two lead closing week, the Bruins needed to win at the highway in St. Louis on Sunday simply to get to Recreation 7 — handiest the 17th Recreation 7 for the reason that finals went to a seven-game layout 80 years in the past.
The Bruins trusted a sizzling goaltender, Tuuka Rask, all over the sequence, all the way through which Rask ranked first in save share and goals-against reasonable. However it used to be the Blues’ goalie, Jordan Binnington, who stood tall after a somewhat shaky playoff run as he close down the third-highest-scoring offense within the NHL prior to the Bruins’ Matthew Grzelcyk claimed a past due comfort objective.