The 2018/19 St. Louis Blues, an NHL team that was once left for dead, has managed to achieve hockey immortality on Wednesday evening.
The St. Louis Blues Win the Stanley Cup
The Blues managed to complete the longest road back in the history of the NHL with an incredible 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, allowing the team to give the franchise its very first Stanley Cup title in its existence that has been around for the last 52 years.
What’s even more impressive is that the team achieved it uniquely, as they managed to come back from having the fewest points in the NHL on 3 January, to being the most dominant hockey team in the second half of the season.
Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O-Reilly managed to score during the first period of the match for the St. Louis Blues, while Brayden Schenn managed to add an insurance goal during the third period with only 8:35 to go. Zach Sanford, who was raised in the area and even went to Boston College before he left, managed to score the final goal with only 4:38 left on the clock, allowing the team to secure the win fully.
O-Reilly, who was acquired during a trade with Buffalo on 1 July 2018, was the most dependable player on the team throughout the 2018/19 season. Due to his performance and team efforts, he won the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP during the postseason. He stated that it’s like a dream come true to win such an award and he can’t believe that happens.
Jordan Binnington managed to stop the initial 32 shots that he faces which included 12 shots during the first period where the Boston Bruins played solidly and could have easily scored more than once if it was any other goaltender. During the third period, the St. Louis Blues protected a sensational 2-0 lead which looked like it could have been 2-1 if the right pad didn’t stop an incredible shot made by Joakim Nordstrom.
Once the final horn went off, the St. Louis Blues was spilt across the ice as they all made their way to Bennington at goal where they engulfed him in a sea of white and blue. Equipment and gear littered the ice while the Blues celebrated joyously. Binnington was the guy who led the line of handshakes after the match, and it started with an extended talk with Zdeno Chara who is the captain of the Boston Bruins.
The Boston Bruins had a total of 22 shots on goal, while the Blues only had a mere eight on goal during the first period. After another two periods, the shot attempts were 40-22 for the Boston Bruins. If goal attempts decided the game, the Boston Bruins should have taken it, but the Blues kept secure and kept the Bruins from scoring.