Press Association 2019
St Louis Blues finished a remarkable turnaround when they beat Boston Bruins 4-1 in games seven to lift their first Stanley Cup.
Blues replaced their head coach in November and were bottom of the NHL positions at the beginning of January, with some reports claiming that management was considering acting away from some of their star players.
But after injecting into the play-offs during the temporary coach Craig Berube, St Louis reached their first Stanley Cup finals since 1970 and beat sidelines winners Boston 4-3, as the series went off for the first time since 2011.
The Blues' fortunes began to turn after they introduced rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington in January, and the 25-year-old peaked a fantastic campaign with a glorious screen-winning clash and saves 32 of the 33 shots. he was facing.
He was denied a shutout of Matt Grzelcy's goal with two minutes and 10 seconds of play back, but then it was too late for Bruins.
Ryan O & # 39; Reilly – who earned the Conn Smythe trophy for the play-off's most valuable player – made it 1-0 at 16.47 in the opening season and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky scored in four straight Stanley Cup finals.
Alex Pietrangelo added another with eight seconds back in the period when Blues took a 2-0 lead despite being out-shot 12-4.
St Louis held on throughout the second period and into the third – with Binnington making a number of impressive savings.
Brayden Schenn was then created by Vladimir Tarasenko to make it 3-0, 11.25 in the last period before Zach Sanford added a fourth four minutes later.
Binnington told the NHL website: "It was an incredible year and I can't believe where we are. It's great."
Blues head coach Berube said about Binnington: "He was excellent tonight. I thought it was his best game in the series."