Blues cruise to first Stanley Cup with 4-1 Game Seven victory over Bruins
Louis Blues cruise to first Stanley Cup in franchise history with 4-1 Game Seven win over the Boston Bruins
BLUES PLAYER RYAN O'REILLY (CONN SMYTHE WINNER AS STANLEY CUP FINAL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER) AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 2.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) BLUES PLAYER RYAN O'REILLY AFTER BEING ASKED HOW HE FELT AFTER BLUES TOOK 4-0 LEAD, SAYING: "I was trying so hard not to smile or show any emotion, you know on the bench, we're trying to keep it cool and keep playing and finish the game and I don't know, I think like just everything, you know, you dream of this for so long, you know, as a kid, just like that feeling comes back to you, where just like what it means (CONN SMTHYE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER TROPHY BEING PLACED ON TABLE) to win this thing and I just, I still can't believe this is, I can't believe I'm here right now and the Stanley Cup champion with this group of guys." 3.
BLUES HEAD COACH CRAIG BERUBE AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 4.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) BLUES HEAD COACH CRAIG BERUBE SAYING: "Yeah, they put the team first and you know that's been a message for quite some time and they've done a real good job of that, the players, they believe in it and, you know, we're champs but, I think once they got that message and they started playing, you know, mid-December we started to really pull it together and obviously (Jordan) Binnington coming in and solidifying the goalie position, you know we're a pretty good hockey team." 5.
BRUINS HEAD COACH BRUCE CASSIDY AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 6.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) BRUINS HEAD COACH BRUCE CASSIDY AFTER BEING ASKED WHAT HE SAID TO TEAM AFTER THE GAME, SAYING: "Well there wasn't much to say, there's nothing I can really say in this moment, I believe to, other than I was proud of them, they should walk out of here with their heads up, that's it, there's no long speech, there just isn't.
I'll have an opportunity to catch up with the players in the next little while but right now they don't want to hear anything from me." STORY: The St.
Louis Blues won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup for the first time with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the decisive seventh game of the championship series on Wednesday.
With the victory, the visiting Blues not only completed a remarkable turnaround considering they were dead last in the NHL in early January but also ended the longest wait in NHL history - 51 seasons - for a team to win their first championship.
The Blues got all the scoring they would need in a late three-minute span of the first period and then put on a defensive masterclass while Jordan Binnington made 32 stops, including the save of the game when he got a leg out to stop Joakim Nordstrom from in close midway through the third.
Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly, set a franchise record with the most points in one playoff year with 23, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
The Bruins, who had never before hosted a Game Seven of a Stanley Cup Final, made a solid start and created all sorts of pressure but it was the Blues who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead despite being outshot 12-4 in the opening frame.
Ryan O'Reilly opened the scoring with about three minutes left in the period when he cleverly re-directed a shot from the point by Jay Bouwmeester that went right through Boston goalie Tuukka Rask's legs.
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.
Louis nearly added a third midway through the second period but Zdeno Chara managed to swat the puck away from the goal line after a shot from Brayden Schenn went off the crossbar and Rask's shoulder before dropping in the crease.
Schenn did make it 3-0 when he took a centering pass from Vladimir Tarasenko and fired it off the post and past Rask with under nine minutes to play before Zach Sanford put the game out of reach with his first of the playoffs with under five minutes to play.
Boston broke Binnington's shutout bid when Matt Grzelcyk found the net with just over two minutes to play.
(Production: David Grip)