The St. Louis Blues have claimed their first Stanley Cup ever by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in game 7 in Boston. Following an uneventful second period, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford added insurance goals in the third.
The championship was a long-awaited one for the Blues franchise, which reached the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three years of existence from 1968-70 but were swept each time, including by the Bruins in 1970.
O'Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
The 19-year-old returned to action in Game 6 after missing the last four games of the Stanley Cup Final with a wrist injury.
So much of that can be traced back to Berube's changes when he took over as interim coach for Mike Yeo in November.
Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins' only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston. The Boston Bruins goalie shined throughout their entire postseason run and entered Game 7 as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. By now, you've heard ad nauseam about how St. Louis sunk to last place in the National Hockey League on January 2, despite playoff expectations.
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Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo performed their magic, each scoring a goal in the first period.
Not so surprising with Gretzky, who is the NHL's leading regular-season and playoff scorer. Three of them have come at St. Louis' expense. "We came into the season with a lot of hopes, and we let each other down a bit for the start of the season".
The Bruins tried to harness all the local karma they could. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.
Blues defenseman Pietrangelo added another with eight seconds left in the period when he skated in and used a nifty backhand deke to beat Rask and silence the stunned home crowd.
Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games - the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup. "It's a long year".