Chumps to champs! St. Louis Blues complete improbable journey to Stanley Cup

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2019

The Bruins will play the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup on Wednesday across town at the TD Garden.

Ryan O'Reilly scored on a flawless deflection and captain Alex Pietrangelo lifted a backhander past Tuukka Rask in the final seconds of the opening period to give the St. Louis Blues a two-goal lead.

After the regular season saw an NHL-record 138 multi-goal comebacks, the Blues went 4-0 in the Cup final when taking a lead of any kind on the Bruins and didn't lose a single playoff game when up by at least two goals.

O'Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the post-season. O'Reilly, who was acquired by St. Louis last offseason, scored his team's opening goal in each of the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final and in the process set a franchise record with the most points in one playoff year with 23.

So much of that can be traced back to Berube's changes when he took over as interim coach for Mike Yeo in November. Boston's power play was red-hot at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, where the unit scored five times on 10 scoring chances and 16 shot attempts. The Bruins outshot the Blues 12-4 in the first period, but St. Louis rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington made several spectacular saves to keep the Bruins scoreless. "It would incredible to have three trophies here in the city at the same time".

Last Sunday he tweeted a picture of the now infamous mugshot of him wearing a St. Louis Blues jersey. "We knew that", Pietrangelo said. Both Edelman and Raisman were wearing David Ortiz jerseys.

And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most.

The Blues had just one shot on goal heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored first when O'Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net.

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