NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 13, 2019
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.
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.
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