FINAL SCORE: Blues 4, Bruins 1

IN BRIEF: Jordan Binnington made 32 saves to deny the Bruins time after time as the St. Louis Blues rode their rookie goaltender and two first-period goals to a 4-1 victory in Game 7 in Boston to win their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 52-year history. BOX SCORE 

HIGHLIGHTS:

RYAN O'REILLY GETS THE BLUES ON THE BOARD:

ALEX PIETRANGELO MAKES IT 2-0 IN THE FINAL SECONDS OF THE 1ST:

JORDAN BINNINGTON DENIES MARCUS JOHANSSON:

TUUKKA RASK JUST BARELY KEEPS IT A 2-0 GAME...

...UNTIL 8 MINUTES LEFT IN THE 3RD, WHEN BRAYDEN SCHENN STRIKES:

ZACH SANFORD PUTS IT AWAY FOR BLUES LATE IN THE 3RD:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

*Two goals on four shots for the Blues in the first period. Two goals allowed on four shots for Tuukka Rask in the first period. The first one was a redirected puck from the slot and can be excused a bit for Rask, but he needs to stop a backhanded shot from Alex Pietrangelo with less than 10 seconds to go until the first intermission. It was a tough time for mediocre Rask to show up in these playoffs, but that’s exactly what has happened. The Blues then added an insurance goal in the third period to cap it all off and provide the kind of advantage that the B’s just weren’t going to be able to overcome.

*The Bruins had a couple of bouncy pucks around the front of the net for rebounds early in the first period, but it looked like Jordan Binnington really locked things down after that. He made big stops on Brad Marchand and David Krejci during the Boston power play and made 11 saves overall while settling in after the first few minutes where it looked like he was a little uncomfortable between the pipes. By the third period, Binnington made a full extension butterfly save on Joakim Nordstrom around the net after a rebound chance from a Noel Acciari shot, and that directly proceeded St. Louis scoring the third goal and icing the game.

*Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn teamed for a goal in the third period to ice the game. The Blues best players came to play in Game 7. Are the Bruins best players going to answer? Just seven shots on net for Boston’s Perfection Line through a couple of periods and not enough Grade-A scoring chances. It was too much of an uphill climb for the Bruins without their best players going at full tilt, and they were not that in Game 7.

 

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