Jun 12, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) maintain the Stanley Cup in entrance of his crew after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in sport seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Remaining at TD Backyard. Obligatory Credit score: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports activities
(Reuters) – The St. Louis Blues received the Nationwide Hockey League’s Stanley Cup for the primary time with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins within the decisive seventh sport of the championship collection on Wednesday.
With the victory, the visiting Blues not solely accomplished a exceptional turnaround contemplating they had been useless final within the NHL in early January but in addition ended the longest wait in NHL historical past – 51 seasons – for a crew to win their first championship.
The Blues scored two targets late within the first interval after which placed on a defensive masterclass whereas Jordan Binnington made 32 stops, together with the save of the sport when he received a leg out to cease by Joakim Nordstrom from in shut halfway by the third.
The Bruins, who had by no means earlier than hosted a Recreation Seven of a Stanley Cup Remaining, made a strong begin and created all types of stress nevertheless it was the Blues who jumped out to an early 2-Zero lead regardless of being outshot 12-Four within the opening body.
Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring with about three minutes left within the interval when he cleverly re-directed a shot from the purpose by Jay Bouwmeester that went proper by Boston goalie Tuukka Rask’s legs.
Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo added one other with eight seconds left within the interval when he skated in and used a nifty backhand deke to beat Rask and silence the shocked house crowd.
St. Louis practically added a 3rd halfway by the second interval however Zdeno Chara managed to swat the puck away from the aim line after a shot from Brayden Schenn went off the crossbar and Rask’s shoulder earlier than dropping within the crease.
Schenn did make it 3-Zero when he took a centering move from Vladimir Tarasenko and fired it off the put up and previous Rask with beneath 9 minutes to play earlier than Zach Sanford put the sport out of attain together with his first of the playoffs with beneath 5 minutes to play.
Boston broke Binnington’s shutout bid when Matt Grzelcyk discovered the web with simply over two minutes to play.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Modifying by Peter Rutherford