Binnington's legendary performance secures Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup

Binnington’s legendary performance secures Blues’ first-ever Stanley Cup

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Stanley Cup champions, at last.

The St. Louis Blues went into Boston on Wednesday night and won their first championship in franchise history, defeating the Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring for St. Louis for a fourth straight game, and with it matched a feat last accomplished by Wayne Gretzky, while defensive standout Alex Pietrangelo was responsible for the Blues’ second. Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford completely sealed the victory with third-period tallies. But despite their efforts, Game 7 belonged to Jordan Binnington.

The rookie netminder went legend in Game 7, making 32 saves and improving his record to 9-2 after a loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Binnington sparked the Blues’ mid-season resurgence with a 24-5-1 mark down the stretch after taking the reins from Jake Allen in early January. He surpassed that Wednesday by setting the rookie record for wins in a postseason with the 16 required to lift the Stanley Cup.

St. Louis’s first title comes in its return to the Stanley Cup Final after 49 seasons. The franchise made the championship series in three consecutive seasons out of expansion but failed to win a single game in those appearances, losing to Boston in its last bid on Bobby Orr’s iconic overtime winner.

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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A St. Louis Blues fan reacts as the Boston Bruins pull ahead during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. The Bruins won 5-1 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, warms up before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 06: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins allows a second period goal to Ryan O’Reilly (not pictured) #90 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Five of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 09: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a first period goal by teammate Brad Marchand (not pictured) past Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 09, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. Also defending for the Blues is Jaden Schwartz (17). (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bruce Bennett/Pool via AP)

Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) celebrates after scoring against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Boston Bruins’ Torey Krug (47) and St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) crash to the ice during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

St. Louis Blues’ David Perron (57) rips the helmet off Boston Bruins’ Torey Krug (47) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Bortuzzo, reacts beside Boston Bruins’ Charlie Coyle (13) after scoring a goal during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 03: Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his third period goal at 10:38 against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 03, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 01: Ivan Barbashev #49 (not pictured) of the St. Louis Blues scores a second period goal past Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)




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