Play Gloria one last time, the St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!! After four long playoff series, the Blues made history and lifted their first Stanley Cup in 52 year franchise history. With a ton of milestones along the way and a ton of great stories, the St. Louis run to the Cup was nothing short of incredible.
On January 3rd, the St. Louis Blues looked like a joke of a team, dead last, 31st place. They fired their coach Mike Yeo midseason and for a team that was supposed to be good this year, they looked like garbage losing games that they should have been winning. Under the direction of interim head coach Craig Berube, the Blues called up rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington, who had previously played for Berube and couldn’t find a home even in the AHL. At one point last year Binnington was even playing for the Bruins farm team since the Blues organization couldn’t find a place for him. January 7th, Binnington made his first NHL start and never looked back, quickly becoming the Blues consistently every day starter. The team rallied and after they were all getting hammered at a bar in Philly the night before a game there, a group on the team heard the song Gloria by Laura Branigan and they turned it into their win song. And the wins kept coming. The Blues had the best second half in the NHL and came close to winning the Central, locking in a spot on the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Blues knocked off the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks to make their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game 1 of the finals, the Blues got beat out 4-2 in a pretty good back and forth game. The Blues were able to even the series 1-1 in game 2 with an overtime winner heading to St. Louis. In game 3, the Bruins dominated the Blues 7-2 to get home ice back. Game 4 was a close game again and the Blues got a 4-2 win with a two goal 3rd period. In a great defensive 2-1 game, the Blues took a 3-2 series lead in Boston before the Bruins were able to force Game 7 on the road in a 5-1 win game 6 that was a lot closer than the score showed.
With all kinds of different games this series, there wasn’t really any expectations or predictions that could be made for Game 7 and it turned out to be kind of a weird game. The Blues came out to start the game hot but once the Bruins settled in they dominated the first period with a ton of scoring chances. Jordan Binnington stood on his head and it was the Blues that got on the board early as Ryan O’Reilly scored and then off a bad turnover by Brad Marchant, Alex Pietrangelo scored the eventual game winner with around seven seconds left in the 1st period. Even though the B’s only gave up 10 shots in the first two periods, it was all Blues from there on out and the Bruins were deflated early as the Blues went on to win their first Stanley Cup for the city of St. Louis.
What an incredible achievement for Blues. They fought hard to get to lift that Cup and deserved it in every way. As a team, the Blues went worst to first and became the first team in NHL history to win the Cup while having a losing record (6-7) at home, with a record tying 10 road wins in the post season. Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly became the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four straight Stanley Cup Finals games in a row and Jordan Binnington became the first rookie goalie to ever get 16 wins in the playoffs.
As a fantastic NHL season comes to an end, play Gloria one last time, no one had the St. Louis Blues number this year. Congrats to the much deserved Cup Champs!
PS: Watching that ugly fuck Brad Marchand cry as the Blues celebrated with the Cup was fantastic.
PSS: Went 10-1 gambling on this series, I’m pretty much a genius.