Five wild stats from the St. Louis Blues’ incredible Stanley Cup Finals run
For the first time since the franchise's start in 1967, the St. Louis Blues are the Stanley Cup champions after taking down the Boston Bruins, 4-1, Wednesday on the road.
The Blues had control for much of the series, but it was anyone's title when the Bruins won Sunday to force a Game 7. But it didn't matter because St. Louis, despite early offensive struggles, jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period and looked absolutely unstoppable.
The Blues scored two more goals in the third to seal their first Stanley Cup win, in large part thanks to a spectacular performance from first-year starting goalie Jordan Binnington, who finished the game with 32 saves.
St. Louis' dominating performance in Game 7 — and it's performance in the second half of the season and playoffs — led to some wild and truly awesome stats, so we rounded up the best.
1. It's been 32 years since a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 had a lead change
Yes, you read that right. The last time there was a lead change in a Game 7 was in 1987, when the Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers. There have only been eight Game 7s since then, and the lead-change streak continues.
There has not been a lead change in a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 since 1987.
Tonight is the 8th Game 7 in the Cup Final since that game was played. pic.twitter.com/ZnieUNOdde
What's more, it's also been 48 years and counting since a team overcame a two-goal deficit in Game 7. This was the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final history and first since 2011, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Blues lead the Bruins 2-0 at the end of the 1st period.
The last team to overcome a 2-goal deficit in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final was the 1971 Canadiens against the Blackhawks (trailed 2-0, won 3-2). pic.twitter.com/koL5GiBlqC
2. Ryan O'Reilly is making history
Ryan O'Reilly is your Conn Smythe Trophy winner! #StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/wjjHDYhFpC
Blues center Ryan O'Reilly, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, is the third player and first in 53 years to score a team's opening goal in four straight Stanley Cup Final games, after finding the back of the net late in the first period. He had one goal and one assist in Game 7 against the Bruins.
He finished with a six-game point streak in the finals, and he now has the most points in a postseason in franchise history, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The @StLouisBlues strike FIRST in Game 7! #StanleyCup
3. The Blues snapped the NHL's longest streak without a Stanley Cup
The Blues are Stanley Cup Champions!
This ends the longest wait in NHL history – 50 seasons – for a team to win its first championship.
The Kings previously held that distinction after winning the Cup for the first time after 43 seasons in 2012. pic.twitter.com/rBKtC8iiUu
The Blues joined the league in 1967, and they and their fans have been waiting 50 years to win the Stanley Cup.
4. Jordan Binnington is a beast
The 25-year-old St. Louis goalie is a first-year starter, but he certainly didn't play like it this series – especially not in the Stanley Cup-winning game. Binnington made 32 saves on 33 shots, and the lone goal he let in was with about two minutes left in the game.
Take a bow, Jordan Binnington. pic.twitter.com/RnS41k4Kzk
He finished with a 90.1 save percentage in the series and a 91.1 save percentage in the playoffs overall. And he's the only rookie goalie in NHL history to have 16 wins on the way to winning the Cup.
A postseason to remember for @binnnasty. #StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/wYCocKFTzo
5. The Blues had terrible odds to win the Stanley Cup six months ago
St. Louis had a rough season – prior to this, obviously. The team wasn't above .500 a few months ago, and it entered 2019 with a 15-18-4 record.
The Blues were one of eight teams in the bottom of the league to have 250-to-1 odds (or worse) of winning the Cup in January. They were dead last in the league at that point.
The Blues were one of eight teams with 250-1 or longer odds to win the Stanley Cup on January 7th at Caesars Sportsbook.
The other teams all missed the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/SepNr5zfIL
But they took off in January and went on an 11-game win streak through the middle of February before eventually finishing the regular season at 45-28-9.
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