In their 51 years of existence, they’ve been to four Stanley Cup Finals. They lost the first three appearances during their first three years in the NHL. In those 51 years they also made the playoffs 42 times. All in all they have had a lot of success, but haven’t been able to hoist the Cup until now.
There were moments that it could have come crashing down for them. They had an early 2-0 lead in Game 1 in Boston only to lose 4-2. They won the next game in overtime giving the franchise its first victory in a Stanley Cup Final. After being dominated by a perfect Bruins power play in Game 3, they went on to win the next two games setting up a potential home victory in Game 6. However, Boston prevailed with a 5-1 rout and the odds weren’t in St. Louis’ favor.
I mentioned in my preview for this series that the Blues rookie goaltender, Jordan Binnington, had a 1.17 GAA and a .947 save percentage in the three series clinching games for them prior to the Cup Final. His performance in Game 7 will be among the best that St. Louis sports fans will have ever seen.
Conn Smythe trophy winner, Ryan O’Reilly, had scored a goal in four consecutive games in the Final and had a six-game point streak against the Bruins as well. The trophy is handed out to the Playoff MVP and not necessarily just the Cup Final. But his 23-points (8 goals, 15 assists) throughout the Blues playoff run speaks for itself.
The St. Louis Blues were at the bottom of the standings when the New Year hit. They made a coaching change and called up Jordan Binnington to go on one of the more incredible runs in sports history, not just for hockey.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues for winning their first Stanley Cup title. They’ll be playing “Gloria” by Laura Branigan for the entire offseason.