St. Louis can stop singing the blues.
Craig Berube's team showed during the playoffs it could lock down a hockey game better than anyone else in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues completed a most improbable journey and wiped out decades of misery by beating the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to capture their first Stanley Cup and set off a celebration that was 52 years in the making.
St. Louis showed it could put a stranglehold on opponents when playing with a lead.
The Bruins, who had never before hosted a Game Seven of a Stanley Cup Final, made a solid start and created all sorts of pressure but it was the Blues who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead despite being outshot 12-4 in the opening frame. Blues fan Jessica Loaiza said she knew the night was going to be special even before she got to Enterprise Center with her family. A Game 7 loss is crushing in itself, but watching your opponent celebrate a championship on your home ice only adds salt to the wound. While goaltender Jordan Binnington may receive the lion's share of the praise for his terrific 32-save effort, Blues fans know who the true hero was.
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Three of them have come at St. Louis' expense, including the cathartic 2004 Red Sox World Series title that ended an 86-year drought.
Behind Binnington, the Blues eliminated the Jets in six games, the Stars in seven and then knocked out the Sharks in six to reach the final for the first time since 1970.
After realizing the hiccup, the Conn Smythe victor - awarded to the playoff MVP - immediately and needlessly apologized to the Canadian broadcast team.
Binnington stopped 32 shots, and Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and their first National Hockey League championship.
'I was getting bounces.