The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in franchise history.
Despite a hometown advantage and heavily outshooting the Blues throughout the entire game, the Boston Bruins came up empty.
Jordan Binnington, on the other hand came up big. Showing almost superhuman goaltending skills, Binnington would block 32 shots over the course of the Stanley Cup final.
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The first period would see the shot count at 12-4 for the Bruins. Jordan Binnington stonewalled everything that came at him. Tuukka Rask, however, let in two of the four shots, which the Blues would carry over to the third period.
11 more shots would rain down on Binnington during the second period. Again, nothing could chip away at the netminder’s presence. Rask stopped the six that he faced.
The third period was almost a repeat of the first, with the Boston Bruins blasting a barrage of shots at Binnington to no avail. Tuukka Rask would let in two more before he would leave the ice, allowing for Boston to gain an extra attacker.
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With 2:10 remaining and an extra man on the ice, the Bruins finally found an edge and got one past Binnington. Their first and only goal of the night.
As the clock ran down, anticipation of the upcoming victory ran high. The winning team went into celebration mode seconds prior to the buzzer sounding. When it did, Binnington and the St. Louis Blues became Stanley Cup champions.
Ryan O’Reilly, center for the St. Louis Blues, and the man who scored the opening goal of Game 7, picked up the Conn Smyth trophy for playoff MVP. Further cementing his legacy as a truly great player, O’Reilly becomes the first to score in four straight Stanley Cup final games in since Wayne Gretzky in 1985.
Congratulations to 2019’s Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues.