BOSTON - The Boston Bruins fell at home in Game 7 to the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, in the Stanley Cup Final, delivering the Blues their first-ever championship.
St. Louis won on the strength of two goals in the first and another pair in the third. Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth consecutive game – a feat not done since Wayne Gretzky – while captain Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford scored the other tallies.
Matt Grzelcyk scored the lone tally for Boston, slotting one past Jordan Binnington with 2:10 to go in the third.
O'Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
St. Louis had a chance to clinch the Cup on home ice in Game 6, but the Bruins earned a 5-1 victory to set up the decisive match at TD Garden.
Boston, the champions of the Eastern Conference, reached their third Stanley Cup Final in nine seasons after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Conference Finals. Conversely, St. Louis appears in the championship round for the first time in 49 years after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Finals.
This series is the second time the two squads square off with the Stanley Cup on the line. The first came in 1970 - the last time the Blues played in the final round - when Boston won the series four games to none.
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10:43 p.m.: Final: Blues 4, Bruins 1
Final: Blues 4, Bruins 1. The St. Louis Blues have won the #StanleyCup.— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
10:40 p.m.: Matt Grzelcyk scored for Boston to make the score 4-1 with 2:11 to go in the third.
Matt Grzelcyk makes it 4-1 with 2:10 to go in the third. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
10:35 p.m.: Zach Sanford makes it 4-0 Blues.
Zach Sanford makes it 4-0 Blues now. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
10:24 p.m.: Brayden Schenn catches a pass from Vladimir Tarasenko and one-times it into the Boston cage. 3-0 Blues.
Brayden Schenn one-times one past Rask and it's 3-0 St. Louis...huge goal for the Blues. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
McAvoy with his back to Schenn who drills home a dagger as he cruises through the slot and it’s 3-0 Blues. #StanleyCupFinal— Mark Ockerbloom (@ocktalks) June 13, 2019
10:08 p.m.: The third period is underway.
9:51 p.m.: After 2: St. Louis 2, Boston 0
The Bruins 🐻🐻 came inches away from trailing Game 7 3-0, but Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara kept the puck out of the net. Boston looks to make a comeback in the third! 🖤💛 #NHLBoston #StanleyCup #boston #boston25 pic.twitter.com/Hy9VsJWfSB— Boston 25 News (@boston25) June 13, 2019
9:37 p.m.: No goals or penalties thus far in the second period as the Bruins still trail the St. Louis Blues, 2-0, with 6:11 to go in the second.
9:15 p.m.: The second period has begun.
8:58 p.m.: After 1: Blues 2, Bruins 0.
8:57 p.m.: Seconds before the period ends, St. Louis makes it 2-0 on a backhander from Alex Pietrangelo with 7.9 to go.
Bruins down 2-0 now with a backhander from Alex Pietrangelo with just 7.9 to go. After 2: Blues 2, Boston 0. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
8:48 p.m.: St. Louis takes a 1-0 lead as Ryan O'Reilly deflects a shot through the pads of Tuukka Rask.
Ryan O'Reilly deflects a shot through the legs of Rask to make it 1-0 St. Louis. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
8:38 p.m.: Blues kill the minor penalty.
Despite a lot of pressure, Bruins cant come up with a goal. 0-0 Still. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
8:35 p.m.: With 12:03 to go in the first, the Bruins have the first power play of the contest. Colton Parayko off for Delay of Game.
Bruins to the power play as Parayko gets called for a Delay of Game. #StanleyCup— Dave Souza (@dsouza4717) June 13, 2019
8:21 p.m.: Game 7 is underway.
8:15 p.m.: Bruins start their fourth line of Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari with their top defensive pair of Chara-McAvoy. Rask in net. Here we go. Matt Grzelcyk will also make his first appearance in the series since sustaining a concussion in Game 2.
When the puck drops tonight in Game 7, B's captain Zdeno Chara will play his third straight game with a reported broken jaw -- the epitome of Boston toughness! 💪 #NHLBoston #StanleyCup #boston25 #Game7 #StanleyCupFinal pic.twitter.com/NAivesf5OZ— Boston 25 News (@boston25) June 12, 2019
7:30 p.m.: The Bruins have posted a video before Game 7, previewing their battle ahead.
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