2019 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 2018–19 season and also the culmination of this 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Western Conference champion St. Louis Blues defeated the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins four games to three to win their first championship, in their 51st season of play (not including the 2004–05 lockout), finishing the next longest championship drought in league history. The Bruins had home-ice advantage in this best-of-seven playoff series with the better regular season record. The series began on May 27 and concluded on June 12. [1] Their Stanley Cup–winning run of 26 playoff games tied the 2014 Los Angeles Kings to its maximum of any Stanley Cup–winning team ever.
This was a rematch of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, which Boston won in four, the fourth consecutive Finals to involve at least one team vying for its first championship and ending with the winner clinching the Cup on the road, and also the first time because 2011 at which the Finals went the full seven games.
Until this season, the Blues were the earliest franchise. That distinction is now shared by the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks, as both teams were founded in 1970 and so are without a Stanley Cup to their title. St. Louis also became the last surviving 1967 NHL expansion team to win their first Stanley Cup, joining the Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars (initially the Minnesota North Stars) and Pittsburgh Penguins.Boston Bruins
Main article: 2018–19 Boston Bruins season This was the Boston Bruins‘ 20th appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, six years after 2013, when they confronted the Chicago Blackhawks and were defeated in six games. The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup in 2011, their sixth Cup in franchise history. [2]
Brad Marchand became the first Bruin since the 2005–06 season to score 100 points, completing the regular season with 100 points in 79 games. David Pastrnak led the team in goals with 38. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak split the goaltending duties during the normal season. [3] Halak had signed with the group during the off-season,[4] and coming the trade deadline that the Bruins acquired forward Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. [5]
Boston finished the regular season with 107 points, finishing in second place at the Atlantic Division and third overall in the league. [6] In the First Round of the playoffs, they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games for the second successive playoff meeting against the Maple Leafs and third since the 2012–13 season. [7] They then defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4–two at the Second Round. The Carolina Hurricanes 4 — 0 At the Seminar, Boston spanned. [9]
St. Louis Blues
Main article: 2018–19 St. Louis Blues year This was the St. Louis Blues‘ fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Their last appearance in the Finals was in 1970 against the Bruins, which Boston won at a four-game sweep. All of St. Louis‘ previous looks came during their first 3 seasons after the Blues and five additional new teams made the West Division in the 1967 NHL expansion. While the Blues could advance past their fellow expansion franchises, every Finals appearance ended with them being swept by First Six groups that comprised the East Division, finishing with their 1970 conquer. In recent years that followed, another growth teams from 1967 would win Stanley Cup titles of the own (excluding the defunct California Golden Seals franchise), but the Blues went almost half a century without reaching the Finals again and became the oldest franchise not to win the Stanley Cup. [10]
Ryan O’Reilly, that had been acquired via trade from the off-season[11] led the team in scoring with 77 points and assists with 49. Vladimir Tarasenko directed the team in goal-scoring with 33 goals. [12]
St. Louis fought in the regular season, beginning the year with a 7–9–3 album. Head coach Mike Yeo was fired and assistant coach Craig Berube named interim coach. [13] Their record dropped into an NHL-worst 15–18–4 record with 34 points on January 2, 2019. Then the Blues went to a 30–10–5 run to complete the season with 99 points, third in the Central Division. [14] Amid their turnaround, rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington was awarded his first start and went on to obtain 23 wins. [15] In the playoffs, St. Louis defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–2 in the First Round, removed the Dallas Stars in seven games, and won 4–two against the San Jose Sharks at the Conference Finals

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