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Binnington’s Game 7 Performance Helps St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup in Franchise History

The Boston Bruins tested St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington early in Game 7 and he responded strong early. Binnington continued to make big save after big save and it was one of the reasons why St. Louis won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals over Boston 4-1.

This is the first title in franchise history for the Blues. I thought goaltender Jordan Binnington was going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but centerman Ryan O’Reilly (23 games, 8 goals 15 assists plus/minus 2) won it.

He scored the first goal of the game on a redirected shot that was originally shot by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester with 3:31 remaining in the first-period. Bouwmeester was the first player to touch the Stanley Cup after the game other than captain Alex Pietrangelo.

Speaking of Pietrangelo, he scored a backhanded goal with eight seconds remaining in the first-period.

There were no goals scored during the second-period. That might have been the quickest period played in these Stanley Cup Finals because there barely any stoppages in play.

Vladimir Tarasenko passed the puck from the left corner in the third-period to Brayden Schenn and he scored on a one-timer with 9:35 remaining.

Zach Sanford made it 4-0 for St. Louis with 4:38 remaining in regulation.

Boston broke the shutout with 2:10 remaining on a goal scored by Matt Grzelcyk. This was his first game back from a concussion and he suffered it back in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on a hit to the head by Oskar Sundqvist.

Tuukka Rask only made 16 saves for the Boston Bruins.

A lot of fans back in St. Louis were celebrating the Blues Stanley Cup Victory. Scottrade Center and Busch Stadium both had watch Game 7 watch parties.

Boston will still be searching for its seventh Stanley Cup title. The parade for the St. Louis Blues will be on Saturday starting at noon central time.

In the beginning of January, they were in last place in the NHL and it was very hard to imagine they would be in this position.

Craig Berube was hired as interim head coach in November. Goaltender Jordan Binnington was called up from the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL in January.

The NHL season concludes. The NHL awards will take place next Wednesday in Las Vegas.  The NHL Draft will begin in Vancouver starting next Friday night. NHL Free Agency will begin on July 1.

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