NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 13, 2019

by | Jun 13, 2019 | News, NHL | 25 comments

The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions. The game recap and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: For the first time in their 52-year history, the St. Louis Blues are the Stanley Cup champions. Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added an assist while Jordan Binnington made 32 saves as the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 to win the Cup in seven games.

The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions (Photo via NHL.com).

O’Reilly, playing with a cracked rib suffered during the opening round, was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason’s most valuable player. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and winger Alex Steen waited a long time for championship glory. Bouwmeester played in 1,184 NHL games while Steen, who joined the Blues in 2008, is their longest-serving active member. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Blues. From dead last in January to champions in June, it was a remarkable run for this club. O’Reilly was my choice for the Conn Smythe but Binnington also deserved recognition. His play since mid-January helped spark his team’s remarkable turnaround. 

NEW YORK POST: O’Reilly also inadvertently blurted out an “F-bomb” during a post-game interview with Hockey Night in Canada’s Scott Oake. “Once we got that lead, we knew we were gonna f—ing get it,” he said. O’Reilly quickly apologized for swearing.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No apology necessary. Besides, there were a lot more “F-bombs” dropped by his happy teammates during their celebratory skate with the Cup. That’s what you get for allowing live mikes at ice level, Sportsnet and NBC Sports. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: A lack of first-period scoring doomed the Bruins in Game 7. They were the dominant club in the opening frame but fell behind 2-0 on goals by O’Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo. Bruins first-line center Patrice Bergeron played with a groin injury in the Final. 

THE SCORE: Bruins winger Brad Marchand was devastated by the loss. “I’ll never get over this,” he said in a post-game interview. “Still not over ’13 yet. This hurts more than that. It’s not something you ever forget.” Marchand was the Bruins leading scorer in this postseason, finishing with nine goals and 23 points. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand probably feels this sting more than most of his teammates. His turnover and ill-timed line change in the dying seconds of the first period led to what became Pietrangelo’s game-winning goal.

The Bruins’ championship window of opportunity remains open but it’s difficult to repeat as a Cup Finalist. Core veterans like Marchand, Bergeron, captain Zdeno Chara, goaltender Tuukka Rask, and David Krejci are getting older. The Bruins could look toward their younger talent to take on a larger burden of responsibility. Going forward, much more will be expected from David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Jake DeBrusk.

In other news…

NEWSOBSERVER.COM/THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Carolina Hurricanes goalie coach Mike Bales has resigned his position. He’s expected to join the Buffalo Sabres. 







25 Comments

  1. Congratulations to the Blues. No one will ever say they took the easy way to the Cup. They have come so far in six months and everyone on that team deserves credit. It’s amazing what total team commitment can achieve.

  2. Congrats Blues: Thumbs Up!!

  3. I started actually pulling for my “dark horse” team by the third round. I initially picked them that way in Lyle’s round-by-round predictions right from the get-go because of the way they had clawed their way from dead last on Jan 1 to 12th overall – just 5 points back of 4th places Washington, and in their final 10 games an 8-1-1 record. They showed that determination by knocking Boston off 3 times in their own building.

    Great for the city to finally end a 52-year cup drought – too bad they couldn’t have done it at home in game 6.

    • Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues, they deserved to win they never quit. Actually thought Binnington was mvp. Didn’t see any Bigbadbruins, could have used Shoreorrpark. Boston defense got pounded. I think Toronto would have had trouble with St. Louis as well. OBE I hope you got your medication today . They blew it. Might just have been golfing in April.

      • Congratulations to the blues! The best part of the blues winning is the leafs are now the longest running franchise without a cup! I didn’t expect the bruins to go this far we had an easy run to the cup because of the upsets, we had to get our legs under us played our worst series against the soft leafs but its like you just know you can beat a team that hasn’t won a round in 16 years

      • I was doing all I could from my couch Vinnie.
        It was the Blues destiny.
        Binnington, ironically was robbed of the MVP, after robbing the Bruins and others all playoffs.
        Congratulations to the Blues fans.

      • Vinnie, bbb is the farthest thing from a Bruins fan. He is a habs fan. He hates the leafs and the Bruins, for some reason he also hates either Ron Hextall or The Flyers maybe both. Maybe your thinking of bigbear….er, that cant be right either.

      • Good one shticky…… hey maybe your leafs might win a round before the next rebuild…..maybe lol

      • Hey shticky ( fd)! Can’t get me out of your mind maybe you can buy me a beer sometime.? Congrats to the blues well deserved after an up and down season

  4. Congratulations to the Blues and their fans. I think we have one here?

    • Ha

    • Now that you mention it, that’s true isn’t it? Has there ever been anyone in these threads who’s an avowed Blues fan? From (in) St. Loo?

  5. So happy for the Chief!!!

    • me too , not many people realize he played over 1000 games in the NHL. I bet he is a great coach to play for.
      It was also nice to see Bob Plager invited on to the ice to hoist the cup. I was thrilled for Laila Anderson , what a courageous and well spoken young lady.

  6. My virgin ears!!!

    It was one fu*k yeah after another on tv.

    Love seeing the blues win their first cup.

  7. I’ve been out of this loop for over 3 weeks due to work but happy for a brief hiatus and to be here to congratulate the Blues.

    Not my preferred type of game (I love high scoring lead-changing games) but greatly appreciated the fortitude and complete shut-down efforts for the final 30 minutes.

    Bennington shined; O’Reilly was something else ; “Mountain Man” Parayko played half of the game; the list goes on and on

    What a great win for the team and for the City of St Louis

    This is not to detract from the great playoff efforts and success of the Bruins. They dominated many games and good portions of all 4 series. Game 7 is what it is… there is a winner and there is a loser. Boston dominated early and were held at bay by spectacular goal tending , blocked shots, and weird/unlucky bounces. The second goal with seconds left in the first was an unfortunate stab in the heart and St Louis then stood their stoic ground from then in.

    Great series; no vested favourite team wise for me but to be fair and transparent; with a complete coaching staff and GM all Canadian; and with 20 Canucks on the Roster; my “unbiased” fav did become St L

    Last place in the entire League to SC Champs in 6 months ….. congrats

    That accomplishment plus the expansion VGKs being in last year’s Cup is great for hockey

    Longest drought now is my home-town Leafs…52 years and counting … and unless they can make a move to free up space and improve the D, Leafs drought will continue onward (no chance for cup in ‘20 unless that happens)

    Transparency … I did not think at start of post season; that St L had a reasonable chance at even getting to the WCF and I stated many times that I thought odds were heavily favoured for a Bolts cup…. Oh how wrong I was

    I must give credit where credit is due though… number 1 son called StL to win the cup………… he called that before the puck was dropped on the very first game of the season ; and he kept that belief and adamantly stayed it throughout the entire season …. he believed in them even in late December…. and he is a HUGE Leaf fan…. so Kudos # 1 son for being way smarter than your old man and many a hockey fan

    ….. note though…. he was also very confident that Leafs could win the East…. not as adamant ; but confident.

    Congrats to Bruins and Bruins fans for a great playoff run and great series

    Congrats to Blues for the team effort; the shear determination ; congrats to the Blues fans. Congrats to the City of St Louis

    Go Leafs Go
    Go Pens Go

  8. Great run by St Louis. As mentioned by Lyle, going from dead last in early January. I remember we where all throwing around trade proposals when it looked like they might blow it up. Go figure. Couple this with Vegas’ unexpected run last year and maybe we should learn that anyone can be considered a contender next year! Well, almost anyone.

    • That’s why hockey is the greatest sport, you never know how it is going to end. Can’t wait for the season to start again.

    • Yep a great story, although I would have preferred to see the B’s core get another one.
      How about O’ Reilly? Last year he was being kicked around for being honest about his emotions in Buffalo and how he had lost his love for the game of hockey. Even a couple folks on this site. Gutless, cancer, can’t win with that guy, princess, wouldn’t want him on my team.
      He was their best skater and wins the MVP with a cracked rib. He out Bergeron’d Bergeron.
      His team mates luv him.
      Awesome.

  9. Congrats to the Blues, they were the better team 5 on 5, had no problem with ROR winning the conn smyth; could’ve went to Benninton or Pietrangelo who was a beast on defense. For me it was O’Reilly who turn the series in game 4.
    Rask look like he lost the handle of a good goalie who can’t win the big game, to regain the same label. No you can’t blame him for the lost, but he didn’t make the save when it was needed. Marchand picked a great time to make a line change. But lost on this play was the ill advise pinch by Grzelcyk that left a tired Marchand in that position
    What St. Louis has shown us is that physical hockey is not dead and in fact very much alive, will be interesting to see how many teams adapt to this style.

    • Caper, Rask wins the Conn Smythe if Boston wins the Cup. Game 6 in Toronto was a big game; Game 6 in St. Louis was a big game – he was a stud in those games.
      Binnington was the problem in Game 7 – if Boston scored first (and they sure could have), maybe a different ending.

      • BCLeafFan, everything you said is true including Rask was outplayed by Binnington in game 7 of the final.
        The first goal by ROR yes a deflection but a save there would’ve been nice.
        Just read three stories on line that Rask wasn’t up to standard so unfortunately the narrative doesn’t change in some people mind. Although there is no game 7 without Rask, he had his worst statistical game of the playoffs in the biggest game of them all. Fair or not, but true.

      • Rask had a great playoffs, but he still didn’t win the big one.
        Hard to blame him imo, when Binnington stole the game.
        I’m still not a fan.

      • Reminds me a bit that way of Murray who came out of the blue in 2016 – 2017 – and he turned out to be pretty steady.

  10. Congratulations to the Blues on a well deserved Stanley Cup!!! Enjoy it,fellas….