The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions.
The Blues hoisted Lord Stanley for the first time in the franchise’s 52-year history after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Wednesday night’s Game 7 at TD Garden.
St. Louis rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington withstood an early barrage from Boston in the first period and ended the contest with 32 saves. The scoring got started when Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester beyond Tuukka Rask.
It was all Blues from there on out with captain Alex Pietrangelo adding one eight seconds before the first intermission and Brayden Schenn as well as Zach Sanford icing the game in the third.
As soon as the final buzzer sounded, the Blues indulged in celebration the way only a starving franchise can:
Back in St. Louis, fans reacted with even more joy at both the Blues’ Enterprise Center and Cardinals’ Busch Stadium. The city opened up Busch to accommodate high demand and make up for the fact that the watch party at Enterprise Center had already sold out. By the end, nobody at Busch cared they were soaked in rain.