St. Louis Blues Win The 2019 Stanley Cup On Boston’s Home Ice
At TD Garden, The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup with a decisive 4-1 victory. It took seven games but they did it. The Blues ended a 52 year streak of never having won a championship. Above is a photo of the Blues celebrating and raising the Stanley Cup. Yes, we had one of our contributors at the game.
The celebration was somewhat muted with the visiting Blues having won in Boston. Many fans headed for the exits as soon as the Blues scored a fourth goal late in the third period. By the time the game was over more than half the arena was empty.
This series could have easily gone to the Bruins. Some horrible non-calls on penalties unfortunately probably affected the outcome for the Bruins. The Noel Aciari take-out in game five was a flagrant violation that definitely led to a Boston loss.
Some might even say the Blues played in the style of their interim coach Craig Berube. There were at least two dozen dirty plays in the first six games including many illegal hits ,that never got called for Blues penalties. Objectively the refereeing in general was poor.
However the Blues out-muscled the Bruins and won three straight road games. Yet the Bruins outscored the Blues 22-18. Ryan O’Reilly the Blues Conn Smythe winner for Most Valuable Player was the difference. He was gritty, relentless and powerful. The other Blues followed O’Reilly’s lead.
Congratulations to the Blues. All seven games were exciting. I must say it was a great series.
Too bad probably less than 10 million people watched the series in the USA.
One final note to NBCs lead announcer Mike “Doc” Emerick. Stop screaming Mike and you don’t have to describe EVERY SINGLE action on the ice. We can see it! It’s television, not radio.