After being in last place in the NHL on January 1st, the Blues are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.
It took six games, but St. Louis was able to edge out the Dallas Stars.The Sharks took a 2-1 series lead after a controversial hand pass from Timo Meier in overtime. That play has struck a chord with the Blues, as they’ve won the three games since..
“The Blues are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. It feels weird to say,” junior Connor Price said.
David Perron opened up scoring for the Blues. He scored under two minutes into the first period to electrify the crowd at Enterprise Center. St. Louis controlled the tempo in the opening period, which led to a penalty by the Sharks. At times, the Blues’ power-play has been unable to produce, however they were able to convert on their first opportunity last night. Assistant captain Vladimir Tarasenko tallied the goal to put the Blues up by two. He recorded a point in every game the series, after being publicly challenged by head coach Craig Berube
“Binnington never faltered even in the most intense moments,” junior Blake Ebner said.
The Blues controlled most of the possession over the course of the game, and exhibited more intensity, however some defensive miscues made things closer than they should’ve been. The one goal scored on Binnington was set-up by a far outlet pass that left a Sharks player all alone with the goalie on a breakaway. St. Louis went on to push their lead to four goals, from two. Goals from Barbashev, Schenn and Bozak.
“No one ever saw this coming in January. Never in the craziest of situations would I had expected this to happen,” junior Harrison Riebow said.
In the Stanley Cup Final, the Blues will face off against the Bruins.