THE ST. LOUIS BLUES ARE YOUR 2019 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!!
They have just won their first ever Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 at TD Garden.
Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O’Reilly each had a goal and an assist, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford scored, and Jordan Binnington made 32 saves for the visitors, who sat bottom of the League on January 3.
O’Reilly was named the MVP and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. He became the first player to score in four straight Cup Final games since Wayne Gretzky did so with the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.
Binnington set some records of his own; he now holds the record for most wins in one playoff year by a rookie goalie, he has become the NHL’s all-time leading rookie for playoff appearances, and has played the most minutes by a rookie goaltender in a single playoff year. He is also 14-2 following a loss this season.
“What an unbelievable year,” said Blues captain Pietrangelo. “I don’t even know what to say. Where we were to where we are now … I tell you what, I’ve never been more proud to wear this jersey with this group of guys. It’s unbelievable.”
Boston had a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal in the first period and 23-10 through the first two, but didn’t score.
Matt Grzelcyk ended Binnington‘s hopes of a shutout with 2:10 remaining, and Tuukka Rask made 16 saves for the hosts who went 0-for-1 on the power play.
Rask allowed more than three goals in a game for the first time since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round on April 17, ending a 19 game streak of allowing three or fewer.