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  6. article_body => "<p>Back in 2001, an underdog New England team stunned a St. Louis favorite in Super Bowl XXXVI to complete a historic championship season.<\/p>\n<p>It's safe to say the script was flipped Wednesday night.<\/p>\n<p>The St. Louis Blues flattened the Boston Bruins 4-1 on home ice in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to capture their first title in franchise history.<\/p>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<h3><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/boston\/bruins\/unfortunately-bruins-was-stanley-cup-choke?int\" target=\"_blank\">BEAN: Bruins choked, plain and simple<\/a><\/h3>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n<p>But here's what made that win even more impressive (and more devastating if you're a Bruins fan): The Blues were literally dead-last in the NHL standings on Jan. 2.<\/p>\n<p>Not surprisingly, they're the first team in the NHL's expansion era to go from worst to first.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">The <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/StLouisBlues?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@StLouisBlues<\/a> won the <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#StanleyCup<\/a> for the first time in their 52-year history.<br><br>They are the first team in the NHL\u2019s expansion era to win a championship after ranking last place in the overall League standings at any point after its 30th game of the season. <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NHLStats?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NHLStats<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/mHxowQ5jpG\">pic.twitter.com\/mHxowQ5jpG<\/a><\/p>&mdash; NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/PR_NHL\/status\/1139140411790888960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 13, 2019<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>In fact, St. Louis is the first team in the modern are of&nbsp;<em>any<\/em><em>&nbsp;<\/em>of the North American pro sports leagues (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB) to win a title after ranking last in its league earlier that season.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">The <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/StLouisBlues?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@StLouisBlues<\/a> are the first team from any of the four major North American sports leagues to win a title after placing last place overall in the league standings after one-quarter or more of the season\u2019s games (since 1967-68). <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NHLStats?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NHLStats<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/Game7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#Game7<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#StanleyCup<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/1MJkiLTZ2O\">pic.twitter.com\/1MJkiLTZ2O<\/a><\/p>&mdash; NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/PR_NHL\/status\/1139005661935800320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 13, 2019<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>Craig Berube's club&nbsp;had a .405 winning percentage nearly halfway (38 games) through its season but rallied to finish third in the Western Conference to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where all bets are off.<\/p>\n<p>Want a better sense of how much the odds were stacked against St. Louis? A $400 bet on the Blues to win the Cup just cashed in at $100,000.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Scott Berry, who won $100K from a $400 bet in January in the Blues to win, isn\u2019t the only big winner. Moments after he placed his bet, he texted his friend, Brendan Chapel, who risked $200 at the same sportsbook. He also didn\u2019t hedge. He\u2019s $50,000 richer tonight. <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/HFTl6C5WEF\">pic.twitter.com\/HFTl6C5WEF<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/darrenrovell\/status\/1139019709691695104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 13, 2019<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>It's no wonder the Bruins were so devastated in the dressing room Wednesday night after being on the wrong side of history.<\/p>\n<p><em><a data-saferedirecturl=\"https:\/\/www.google.com\/url?q=https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb76e2c06579?site_id%3DDig_RSN_Bos%26creative_id%3Dnbcsbos1075%26cp_4%3Dwww.nbcsports.com%26cp_1%3Dwashington%26cp_2%3Dmyteams-nbc-sports%26cp_3%3Dnbcsbos1075&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1560511248864000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHjOqx8mNOBP4atS2sPtsTsn52qng\" href=\"https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb76e2c06579?site_id=Dig_RSN_Bos&amp;creative_id=nbcsbos1075&amp;cp_4=www.nbcsports.com&amp;cp_1=washington&amp;cp_2=myteams-nbc-sports&amp;cp_3=nbcsbos1075\" target=\"_blank\">Click here<\/a>&nbsp;to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.<\/em><\/p>\n"
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Bruins

Bruins

Back in 2001, an underdog New England team stunned a St. Louis favorite in Super Bowl XXXVI to complete a historic championship season.

It's safe to say the script was flipped Wednesday night.

The St. Louis Blues flattened the Boston Bruins 4-1 on home ice in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to capture their first title in franchise history.

But here's what made that win even more impressive (and more devastating if you're a Bruins fan): The Blues were literally dead-last in the NHL standings on Jan. 2.

Not surprisingly, they're the first team in the NHL's expansion era to go from worst to first.

In fact, St. Louis is the first team in the modern are of any of the North American pro sports leagues (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB) to win a title after ranking last in its league earlier that season.

Craig Berube's club had a .405 winning percentage nearly halfway (38 games) through its season but rallied to finish third in the Western Conference to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where all bets are off.

Want a better sense of how much the odds were stacked against St. Louis? A $400 bet on the Blues to win the Cup just cashed in at $100,000.

It's no wonder the Bruins were so devastated in the dressing room Wednesday night after being on the wrong side of history.

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