Blues Win First Cup! Game 7 Recap:
The TD Garden was buzzing from the drop of the puck on Wednesday night. Everyone in the building knew what was on the line and it was an electric atmosphere. Sixty minutes to determine the Stanley Cup Champion.
Period one started how most people thought it would, as you could see the nerves for both teams. It was a sloppy start through the first six minutes as there were turnovers from each team and they struggled to settle the puck down. The Bruins would get the first powerplay of the game as Colton Parayko got called for delay of game as he cleared the puck over the glass. The Blues would be able to kill it offers Jordan Binnington stood on his head for the two minutes, making some fantastic saves. The Bruins would dominate for most of the period as the Blues would go over fifteen minutes without a shot on net. So while Binnington had no time to rest, Tuukka Rask would be like Julie the Cat in D3(The Mighty Ducks) during their first game. If you don't get that reference then go back and watch D3. Back to the game, the physical play really picked up as it started getting nasty as we had some big hits which is how it had been all series. After not getting much going at the start the Blues would finally get their legs under them with just over three minutes left Jay Bouwmeester would take a slap shot that would get deflected by Ryan O'Reilly and sneak by Rask to give St.Louis a 1-0 lead. The Bruins would respond back as they would put more pressure on the Blues as the period was winding down. Jordan Binnington would stand tall again, and his team would help him out. With just seven seconds left Alex Pietrangelo would take advantage of a bad change by the Bruins and would beat Rask to give the Blues a 2-0 lead heading to the intermission.
We began period two with more pressure from the Bruins as they tried to cut in to the Blues lead. Once again the Blues would go an extended period of time before firing a shot on net as the Bruins controlled the puck for the most part. It would be five minutes into the period before the Blues got a shot, the Blues has 2 goals on only 5 shots up to this point. St. Louis did a great job of taking the crowd out of the game especially with the 2-0 lead it made it a little easier. They did a great job of playing defensively while not sitting back too much. With just a little over 9 minutes left the Blues would get some of their best chances of the game, but this time it would be Rask and the bruins defense who would stand tall to keep the deficit to 2-0. Both teams did a great job of blocking shots in the period as it was tough for either team to get pucks on net. It would be that way for the rest of the period as the tight checking continued. The second period would come to an end with the St.Louis Blues still holding a 2-0 lead and were now just twenty minutes away from winning their first Stanley Cup.
The final period of the NHL season to determine a Stanley Cup Champion. These teams had 20 minutes to lay everything on the line. Both teams left it all on the ice for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. The period started a little different than the first two as the Blues controlled the early part of the period and had some quality chances against Rask, but he was able to stand tall. St.Louis did a great job of getting the puck in deep and forcing the Bruins to go the length of the ice every time they had the puck. With 11 minutes left Jordan Binnington would make the save of the night as he stopped Joakim Nordstrom with a beautiful right pad save to keep the Blues up 2-0. The Bruins would continue to push as they saw the clock winding down. However, with just 8:33 left in the third former Philadelphia Flyer Brayden Schenn would score for the Blues to give them a 3-0 lead. Jordan Binnington has ice under his feet and in his veins as he was absolutely incredible all night long. Any time the Bruins looked like they could cut into the lead, Binnington shut them down. His great play would propel St.Louis as with just over four minutes left Zach Sanford would get a pretty pass from David Perron and would bury it past Rask making it 4-0 St.Louis. The Bruins would get one back with 2:10 left in the third as Matt Grzelcyk would score to make it 4-1 That would be the last goal of the NHL season and the final for game 7. The St.Louis Blues were able to overcome being last in the league back in January to now being the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!
An absolutely incredible series between both teams and from an entertainment series it was one of the more exciting Stanley Cup Final we have had in recent years. The Conn Smythe for the MVP of the playoffs went to Ryan O'Reilly.