Welcome to Wednesday’s roundup of must-see sports headlines, highlighted by the St. Louis Blues hoisting their first Stanley Cup after taking down the Boston Bruins on the road in Game 7.
We also look back on Kevin Durant posting on social media following surgery on his Achilles and the Blues inspirational superfan Laila Anderson realizing her dream on the ice after the Blues won the Cup.
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Thursday!
From Worst to First: St. Louis Blues Cap Improbable Run, Win First Stanley Cup
The St. Louis Blues completed one of the most improbable runs in NHL history on Wednesday night, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 to win their first Stanley Cup. No one would have believed you if you had told them in January when the team was dead last in the league, that they’d be hoisting the Cup on the season’s final night.
The resilient road warrior Blues shook off a Game 6 loss at home where they could have clinched the title in front of their home fans, and came out and scored twice in the first period of Game 7 in front of a hungry Boston crowd. Ryan O’Reilly, who was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, gave the Blues a 1-0 lead late in the first, which was followed by a goal by captain Alex Pietrangelo right before the first intermission.
Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington was brilliant, saving 32 of 33 shots that he faced, including a few critical ones early in the first period when the score was 0-0. The Blues would extend their lead to 4-0 in the third before the Bruins finally got on the board with 2:10 remaining in the game.
Blues coach Craig Berube would go on to say that everything they went through this season prepared them for this run. “I really believe that the adversity that they had to go through to make the playoffs, and that schedule, and winning all those games [in the regular season], that really set us up for the playoffs,” Berube said.
Blues fans waited 52 years for this title and reveled in grand fashion back in St. Louis with a sold-out watch party at their home arena, the Enterprise Center, and thousands more coming out for a viewing at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium.
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