St. Louis Blues super fan, Laila Anderson said it best, “This is just the ending of the best story that will ever be written in history.”
This St. Louis Blues Squad, went from last place in the NHL on January 3rd to Stanley Cup Champions on the last possible day of NHL play. (June 12th).
These St. Louis Blues won Game 7 4-1 over the Boston Bruins, to realize every hockey persons childhood dream, winning the Stanley Cup in a Game 7.
Ryan O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy. He was the one who broke through last night with the opening goal at 16:47 of the first period. He found the back of the net in each of the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final, bringing him up to eight goals and 23 points in 26 contests in the 2019 playoffs. O’Reilly was the clubs most consistent player all season
The win allowed the Blues to clinch their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
No team had waited longer to win the Stanley Cup for the first time, 51 seasons, more than half a century. No team had played more games than this one had this season, 108.
“Believe in yourself,” said Binnington, who started this season in the American Hockey League and ended it with 16 Stanley Cup Playoff wins, the most ever by a rookie goalie. “That’s all I can say, right?”
On Jan. 6, a group of players watched an NFL playoff game at a private club in Philadelphia, and a club member kept requesting the same song, shouting, “Play ‘Gloria’!” The next night, Binnington made his first start and 25 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The rest is history. No other team since 1967 has gone from last place after at least 30 games and made the Final, let alone won the Cup.
One of the best stories in history indeed!