The St. Louis Blues became Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in their history after completing a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in the deciding Game Seven at TD Garden on Wednesday.
Jordan Binnington made 32 saves, with Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O’Reilly each having a goal and an assist on the night. St. Louis entered the NHL in season 1967/68 and had never won a Cup Final game in three prior appearances between 1968-70.
The Blues completed a remarkable turnaround of their season, as they entered the new year in last place in the standings and have become the first team ever to win the Stanley Cup from this position.
Blues path to the final was made difficult for them when Winnipeg Jets took them to six games in the Western Conference First Round, Dallas Stars in seven games in the second round and the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Conference final.
Boston Bruins denied St. Louis Blues the chance of claiming the Stanley Cup for the first time after completing a 5-1 victory at Enterprise Centre on Sunday, and in so doing levelling the series 3-3. The deciding game will be held at Boston on Wednesday evening.
Bruins hit four third period goals to take the game away from St. Louis, with Boston now favourites to lift the prestigious Stanley Cup for the seventh time.
In the all-important Game Five, it was the St. Louis Blues who took a 3-2 series lead after defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1 at TD Garden on Thursday.
Binnington made 38 saves in setting an NHL record for most wins by a rookie goalie which is nine.
Binnington also tied the record for most wins by a rookie goalie in a single postseason, which is 15.
Ryan O’Reilly scored his third goal in the past two games and also picked up an assist on the night.
Blues were on the scoreboard through O’Reilly after 55 seconds of the second period with David Perron adding a second four minutes later. Despite Jake DeBrusk pulling a goal back for Boston with a shade over six minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish, the Blues held on for a crucial victory.
St. Louis levelled the series after completing a 4-2 home ice victory over the Bruins on Monday.
Ryan O’Reilly bagged a brace, including the game winner in the third period as Blues picked up their first home victory in a Stanley Cup Final.
Boston Bruins scored four power play goals on just four shots to defeat the St. Louis Blues 7-2 in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on Saturday, to take a 2-1 series lead.
Blues Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled and replaced by Jake Allen who made three saves in his first appearance since January 8th.
Torey Krug became the first Boston player to pick up four points- 1+3- in a Stanley Cup Final game, with Patrice Bergeron claiming a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who are in form with their power play with 6 for 14.
St. Louis Blues levelled the series on Thursday after completing a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins.
Carl Gunnarsson was the hero on the night after grabbing the overtime winner after 3.51. The win also broke Blues duck in Stanley Cup finals with their first ever win in the Stanley Cup Final.
Tukka Rask made 34 saves for Boston who had their eight-game winning run ended, after their first loss since April 30th.
Bruins opened the scoring on the night when Charlie Coyle netted, before Robert Bortuzzo drew St.Louis level. A goal from Joakim Nordstrom restored Bruins lead, only for Vladimir Tarasenko to tie the game, will all four goals coming in the opening period. With two further goalless periods the game went to overtime with St. louis bagging the winner to tie the series at 1-1.
Boston Bruins hosted the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Monday.
Bruins had to come from behind before eventually seeing of their Western Conference finalists 4-2. The visiting Blues swept into a two-goal lead after a minute of the second period before Bruins hit back through Connor Clifton’s effort and a power play goal from Charlie McAvoy. Sean Kuraly. who also had an assist on the night, put Boston in front. With under two minutes remaining Bruins made the game safe when Brad Marchand scored an empty net goal to give first blood to the Eastern Conference side.