BOSTON — Ryan O’Reilly’s first season with the St. Louis Blues could not have played out more perfectly.
The Blues are Stanley Cup champions for the first time in team history after beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on the road in Game 7.
O’Reilly played a pivotal role in the Blues’ title run, and he was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP following Wednesday night’s victory at TD Garden.
The veteran center, who scored the first goal of Game 7, tallied a team-leading 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) through 26 playoff games.
He scored a goal in each of the last four games of the series, with seven points (five goals, two assists) total over that span. O’Reilly had at least one point in six of the seven games against the Bruins.
O’Reilly also became the first player to score a goal in four straight Cup Final games since Wayne Gretzky in 1985.
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