BOSTON – After 52 years and three unsuccessful attempts, the St. Louis Blues can finally say “Gloria”.
Ryan O’Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo did fly in the first period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a first Stanley Cup on Wednesday, while St. Louis defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in account , in a match number 7.
Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford completed in the third period for the Blues, which saw Jordan Binnington make 32 saves. Like what is quality and not quantity, the advantage for shots was 33-20 in favor of Boston.
“Since I was little, I watched my idols play and win the Stanley Cup. Today is my turn, it’s the best day of my life. I had a good feelingbefore the match, I’m really proud of this team. We’re all going to be champions for life, we’re really happy. My family has always been there for me, my brother, my sister, my friends, the city of Montmagny, I thank them for that. I’ll bring the Cup back there, this summer, for sure, “said Samuel Blais on TVA Sports after raising the precious trophy. He also did not forget the Quebec Blues scout, Michel Picard, who owes his presence in the NHL.
“It’s indescribable, it does not make sense. How many times do I have to come back with the Blues to show them that I like that … First Stanley Cup for this franchise, it’s amazing. My family has always been there for me, even in the most difficult times. I thought of them before every game, I felt it was going to be our year. I can not wait to bring the Stanley Cup back to Sherbrooke, “said David Perron at the same station.
“I can not wait to bring the Stanley Cup back to Sherbrooke,” said David Perron at the same station. “- David Perron
If Ryan O’Reilly has often been known as a loser, he can now say it’s a thing of the past.
The St. Louis Blues striker won the Conn-Smythe Trophy for the playoff MVP on Wednesday.
After being staggering in the final series, O’Reilly scored the first goal of his team in the seventh and final game to help the Blues lift the precious Lord Stanley Trophy.
Few did not see the extent of O’Reilly’s talent in the spring tournament.
At 28, the striker had a chance to silence his critics in the playoffs, slowly but surely leading the Blues to the promised land.
In 26 games this spring, he has amassed eight goals and 15 assists for a total of 23 points.
The former 2009 Colorado Avalanche runner-up, who had competed in just two playoffs in nine years, put the team at arm’s length when she needed it the most.
After scoring just three goals in the first three rounds, O’Reilly matched team chief Doug Armstrong, who sacrificed first-round (2019), second-round (2021), and second-round picks. hopes Tage Thompson, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, to get it – by slipping five goals in seven games.
With the Blues trailing 2-1 in the final series, O’Reilly opened the locks after just 43 seconds of play and then scored the winning goal to allow the St. Louis level the odds in the series. In the fifth game, he was again the first to score his team after 55 seconds in the second period and was also an accomplice to the second goal of the Blues in a 2-1 win, which allowed them approach to a victory of their first title in 51 years of history. Even in the heart-breaking defeat in the sixth bout, he was the only one to outsmart Tuukka Rask.
And in the crucial match, O’Reilly has once again responded to put the Blues in the saddle, while their destiny seemed very deadly. After the Blues had been heavily shot on goal, the striker deflected his third shot into Rask’s leggings, throwing a cold shower on the crowd at the TD Garden.
That moment, O’Reilly had been waiting for a long time, after a few seasons of lean cow at Buffalo. After briefly tasting the playoffs with the Avalanche in 2010 and 2014, he waited four seasons before he could participate again.
Lost “the love of sport”
At the end of the last season, while emptying his locker in the Sabers locker room, O’Reilly had said he had lost “the love of the sport” and needed to find him.
The deal that brought him to St. Louis made everything rock.
Upon his arrival, O’Reilly immediately took a spot at the center of the first trio of the Blues and gained a lot of respect from his gaming partners.
Despite the Blues’ dark moments during the campaign, O’Reilly ended the season with his best career record, scoring 77 points, including 28 goals, in 82 games, helping the Craig Berube to qualify for the playoffs.