The wait is finally over for Blues fans


Tribune news service

St. Louis Blues exchange hugs as they are named Stanley Cup Champions.

The St. Louis Blues were born in 1967. That’s more than 50 years, and still no Stanley Cup — until the historical night of June 12, 2019.

The Blues are Stanley Cup Champions, and no, this is not a dream.

Wednesday night at 9:45 p.m. the St. Louis Blues made history when they beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The highly anticipated game started with a shaky first period. The Bruins outshot the Blues 12-4, and spent the majority of the time in the Blues zone. But with rock solid goaltending by rookie Jordan Binnington, and goals by Ryan O’Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues found a way to head into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.

The second period is where things started to pick up and the Blues started to come alive, creating more scoring chances for themselves. Although St. Louis failed to score in the second period, Jordan Binnington continued to make amazing saves and kept Boston off the scoreboard.

Going into the final period, the Blues realized a 2-0 lead may not be enough, and that’s when Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford decided to step up and add two insurance goals  to give the Blues a comfortable 4-0 lead. Later in the third Boston did put one on the board, but that means nothing when the opponent is up by three and the rookie goalie has already made 32 miraculous saves. So as the clock slowly, but surely ticked down, and Boston realized it’s over, everyone in TD Garden acknowledged the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions would be no other than the St. Louis Blues.

The entire series had been a tug-of-war match between Boston and St. Louis. Heading into Game 6 the Blues led the series 3-2, and had a chance to win it all on home ice, but the Bruins threw everything they had at the Blues and forced Game 7, a winner-take-all scenario. But somehow, someway the Blues managed to end up on top. Despite the perfect ending, the Blues didn’t always have it so easy; they had to deal with a lot of adversity during the season. Being deadlast in the NHL as of Jan. 3, firing their previous head coach Nov. 19, players fighting each other at practice, a blatant missed call during Game 3 of the San Jose series, and to top if off  having to replace their starting goalie with a rookie, they’ve come a long way. Sounds like a miracle, doesn’t it?

The Blues went through thick and thin to be where they are today, and the entire city of St. Louis has been there every step of the way supporting our Blue note. So for the sake of the franchise, the players, the fans, and the longest 52 years in St. Louis history, play Gloria, and play it loud!