Blues Analyst: People Literally Crying After Game 6

The Blues are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970, and St. Louis is savoring every second

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 23, 2019 - 8:02 am
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For the first time since 1970, the St. Louis Blues have reached the Stanley Cup Final. They closed out the Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and the home fans savored every second.

“It was incredible,” Blues pre- and post-game host Chris Hrabe said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This is an organization that means so much to the city of St. Louis, and it’s pretty remarkable they’ve been in the league more than 50 years and they’ve only missed the playoffs nine times. So it’s a team that’s been really good and really competitive, but for whatever reason, they’ve only been to the Stanley Cup Final three times – and it’s been 49 years since they got there last. 

“It’s almost hard to sum up what it means,” Hrabe continued. “I think hockey fans in general – but Blues fans in this city – are so incredibly passionate and have been so galvanized and united by the heartbreaking ways that seasons have ended for really, really goos Blues teams.”

The Blues, who were tied for last place in the NHL in January, have literally gone from worst to (potentially) first in a matter of months.

“This was a team this year that had incredible expectations going into the season because of the moves they made over the last summer and some of the trades they made, some of the players they brought in, and things went horribly, horribly wrong,” Hrabe said. “So in some ways, it’s been a rough couple of years for the city of St. Louis, so I think maybe it’s almost fitting that team went from last place – literally the worst team in the league tied with Ottawa for fewest points in the league on Jan. 3 – to now going to the Cup Final.”

The emotion was both real and raw in St. Louis on Tuesday.

“I saw fans, generations of fans, alumni – people literally crying,” Hrabe said. “I think that says what it means to the city, to the Blues’ alumni base, which is pretty incredible, and the players that are on the ice and that are going to be getting things going in Boston on Monday certainly recognize that.”

Click below to listen to Hrabe’s interview in its entirety.