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The St. Louis Blues Win Their First Stanley Cup Title

June 13, 2019

The St. Louis Blues, in their 51st completed season, won their first Stanley Cup title, winning game 7 at Boston (Bruins) (4-1). It WAS the longest wait for any NHL franchise, before being able to hoist the treasured Cup, for the first time.

Rookie goaltender, Jordan Binnington, who ended up stopping 32 of 33 shots, was brilliant, especially in the first period, when his numerous big saves enabled the Blues, despite being severely outplayed, to take a (2-0) lead. At that point, “St. Louis was on their way to the crown, in what became the 8th straight and eleventh in the last thirteen, Cup final/#7, in which the winning team took at least a (2-0) lead and was not as much as tied.

Conn Smythe Trophy winner, (as the outstanding player in the entire ‘offs), Ryan O’Reilly scored the goal that put the Blues ahead to stay for the third time in the series, as he opened the scoring (also for the third time in the final) after Binnington’s first period, great saves had denied the Bruins.

O’Reilly deflected in a shot by Jay Bouwmeester, who HAD played in 1184 regular season games, without winning the title.

Then with just 7 seconds remaining in the first period, Blues captain, Alex Petrangelo, who had an assist on O’Reilly’s goal, took a pass from Jaden Schwartz (he had 2 assists) and scored. At that point, I felt very confident that in time, Mr. Pietrangelo would be presented with the Stanley Cup.

After a scoreless, uneventful, frankly boring second period, Binnington (how about “Jordans” first name or last in winter league sports final rounds telecast by NBC. It “seems” a basketball player with the surname Jordan and his Bulls were (6-0) in the title round, all telecast by NBC. Now Jordan Bennington and Michael Jordan are a combined (7-0) in final round series, all 7 on NBC) made two tremendous, third period saves and soon after, Brayden Schenn scored to make it (3-0).

Rookie Zach Sanford, who rooted for the Bruins as a youngster, also scored while Matt Grzelcyk prevented the shutout, with the lone Bruins’ goal.

The Blues, an incredible sports story were last in points among the 30 NHL teams in early January, but won it all under coach Craig Berube.

Their record on the road in the just completed playoffs was (10-3). The Blues trailed in 3 of the 4 ‘offs series (the first one vs Winnipeg was (2-2) at one point) and gave St. Louis its 14th, major North American sports league crown.

St. Louis joins New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, in that chronological order of doing so, as cities with titles won, in all four such leagues.

 

Jordan Binnington, pictured above.

 

 

 

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