Last night the NHL witnessed the St. Louis Blues win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Here’s how Game Seven went down between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.
Despite the Bruins getting the majority of the shots in the first period, outshooting the Blues 12-4, St. Louis was still able to get out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Ryan O’Reilly, and Alex Pietrangelo in the last five minutes of the period.
The second period saw a similar series of events with Boston outshooting the Blues 11-6, however no goals were scored by either team.
Heading into the third period there was still hope for the Bruins trailing 2-0, but sure enough the Blues came in strong when they needed to most getting goals from Brayden Schenn (11:25), and Zach Sanford (15:22) to take a demanding 4-0 lead over Boston.
Grzelcyk was able to get the Bruins on board making it 4-1 with just under three minutes remaining in the game, although it was too little too late.
The Blues would hold onto a 4-1 lead, and completing their Stanley Cup Run in Boston, earning themselves their tenth road win of the Playoffs.
There are a few stats worth noting from this game.
This was Tuukka Rask’s worse performance of the playoffs with 4 goals against on 20 shots giving him a save percentage of .800, much lower than his save percentage throughout the playoffs which stayed consistently well above the .900 mark.
Just as we saw in pretty much every game this series the Blues out hit Boston, 36-28 to be exact, which proved to be a huge detriment to the Bruins, their first line specifically which were held to just 13 points combined in this seven game series.
Ryan O’Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoffs MVP.
O’Reilly recorded 8 goals, and 15 assists for 23 points this Playoffs, and was the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1985 to score 5 goals in just four games of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In net Jordan Binnington was an absolute brick wall for St. Louis in Games 5 and 7 for the Blues stopping 70 of 72 shots combined, including a save percentage of .970 in last night’s Game 7.
The city of St. Louis is absolutely jubilant right now, congratulations to the Blues on their first Stanley Cup Championship.
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