Blues Beat Bruins In Boston, Win Stanley Cup

The wait is over for St. Louis, which won its first Stanley Cup in franchise history Wednesday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 13, 2019 - 8:56 am
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The wait is over.

The St. Louis Blues won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history Wednesday, beating the Bruins, 4-1, in Game 7 in Boston.

Several NHL players weren’t surprised. Not one bit.

“There was a players’ poll before the season – and you weren’t allowed to pick your own team – but Connor McDavid and Marc-Andre Fleury both picked the Blues to win the Stanley Cup,” Westwood One NHL play-by-play voice Kenny Albert said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They had some high expectations heading into the season. Unfortunately for the Blues on Jan. 3, they’re sitting in last place in the entire league. They made the coaching change in November, and they turned things around. They did not have a lot of home games after Jan. 3.”

In fact, the Blues played 22 of their next 30 games on the road.

“They wound up winning a good portion of those games,” Albert said. “They only had eight home games – eight one-game home stands – but that’s where they really learned to win on the road. Throughout the playoffs, they wound up winning 10 road games. They go 10-3, which ties an NHL record. They also bounced back after losses.”

The Blues were 8-2 after losses in the postseason, including 6-0 on the road. Head coach Craig Berube had something to do with that.

“He was a tough guy on the ice,” Albert said. “No-nonsense guy. In fact, Joe Micheletti told a story on our broadcast: Not a lot of Blues players were familiar with Berube's career as a player, and the assistant coaches put together a tape of some of his fights and they showed that to the Blues. Some of the players were caught off-guard. They said, ‘Wow, this is our coach.’ 

“So the style they played, they battled,” Albert continued. “They would dump the puck in, they would get it on the forecheck and hit and hit and hit. They started to play that style when Craig Berube took over as head coach, and here they are six months later as Stanley Cup champions.”

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