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Underdog Blues capture first Stanley Cup

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TSN Senior Hockey Reporter


BOSTON — Did he look nervous?

Pick a category and the deck was stacked against the St. Louis Blues in Game 7. The Boston Bruins had the edge in experience, scoring depth, and the best goalie in the playoffs at the other end of the ice.

Jordan Binnington didn’t blink. Not for one second.

Now, the nickname given to him in the AHL – Jordan “Winnington” – has a whole new ring to it. Literally.

Binnington was nearly flawless in 4-1 victory over the Bruins as he became the first rookie netminder to win all 16 games required to hoist hockey’s ultimate prize.

The Blues’ fourth goalie back in training camp, who hadn’t made an NHL start prior to January, helped wipe away 52 years of frustration in one wild night as the Blues knocked off the Bruins in Game 7 to claim their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Ryan O’Reilly took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, as voted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Gloria? More like Glorious.

Back in America’s Heartland, a sold out Enterprise Center crowd that spilled over into Busch Stadium erupted in a sing-along to the 1982 Laura Branigan hit that became the anthem of the NHL’s only team styled after a musical note.