Blues Win First Stanley Cup
The St. Louis Blues energized by 32 saves from rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington, and a strong effort from all four lines captured the franchise first Stanley Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game late in the first period his eighth of the playoffs to give the Blues the early lead. O’Reilly finished the playoffs with 23 points in 26 games. The forward acquired in the offseason in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres provided offense throughout the playoffs and proved a crucial contributor in the Blues becoming champions.
The Bruins allowed Alex Pietrangelo to score his third of the playoffs with eight seconds left in the first period after a bad line change. The goal sucked the air out of TD Garden, and the Bruins were forced to chase the game from there as St. Louis were able to dictate the pace with a two-goal lead.
Boston could not beat Binnington until late in the third period after game and series were out of reach. St. Louis made sure of this by scoring twice in the latter half of the third period after the Bruins devoted more men forward an attempt to score a goal. Binnington played more than 200 games in the minors before taken over between the pipes midseason for at the time floundering Blues.
“These fans have been waiting a long time. It’s exciting. We’re going to have a lot of fun with it,” stated by Blues forward Jaden Schwartz after the game.
Boston outscored St. Louis 22-18 in the series including two blowout wins on the road. However, the Bruins experience and home-ice-advantage were unable to stop the runaway momentum freight train of the Blues in 2019.
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