Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Binnington's legendary performance secures Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup

Binnington's legendary performance secures Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup

With just two minutes remaining, Matt Grzelcyk managed to score Boston's lone goal.

St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington was waiting patiently, as National Hockey League rookies learn to do, while the Stanley Cup was passed from teammate to teammate across the recently conquered ice of the new Boston Garden.

Their style of game translates perfectly to playing with a lead, a recipe that led to them finishing off Boston 4-1 in Game 7 and lifting the Stanley Cup.

St. Louis can stop singing the blues.

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo added a second goal to close out the first period, one in which the visitors were largely dominated by the Bruins.

Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly, set a franchise record with the most points in one playoff year with 23, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

Bruce Cassidy doesn't care about legacy and isn't all caught up in the hype surrounding the Stanley Cup Final.

"Goals are scored, no lead is safe, ' said rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington, a big part of making sure Blues" leads were safe.

The Blues won the title on the road in Boston while wearing their road white uniforms, the fourth consecutive team to clinch the Stanley Cup while wearing a white uniform - if they had won at home in Game 6 they'd have been the first in blue since the Edmonton Oilers 29 (!) years ago. The 2018 Red Sox won the World Series and the 2018 Patriots won the Super Bowl.

And that's not lost on Brad Marchand.

Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games - the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.

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