These Bruins have been huge and heavy, however the Blues have been larger and heavier, and meaner, too. Their nastiness — two gamers missed video games this sequence due to suspensions — smothered Boston’s high two traces for the first 5 video games, limiting these six gamers to 2 complete factors at even power, one an empty-net purpose in Game 1. The Bruins doubled that complete in Game 6, however the Blues stifled them — David Krejci’s lonely help on Wednesday however — in the closing sport of the 12 months.
The Greater Boston space should now summon the fortitude to face its failure to carry three main titles directly. Oh, properly, the World Series and the Super Bowl must do.
Let us contemplate as a substitute the franchise that waited greater than 5 a long time for its coronation.
In every of the Blues’ first three seasons, after growth positioned six new groups in the similar division, the group made the finals. The Blues went Zero-12.
The one time they completed with the league’s finest report, in 1999-2000, they misplaced in the first spherical. They endured Erik Johnson’s golf cart mishap, Grant Fuhr’s collision with Nick Kypreos, Steve Yzerman’s double-overtime winner and, most devastating of all, the bike crash that took Bob Gassoff’s life.
So many revered gamers by no means obtained to parade down Market Street: Barclay and Bobby Plager, Gassoff and Federko, Al MacInnis and Hull, who’s honored outdoors Enterprise Center with a road and a statue named after him.
So many revered coaches, too. Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour, Joel Quenneville and Jacques Demers — they tried liberating the Blues earlier than thriving elsewhere.
To do what all of them couldn’t, it took a group with an interim coach and a rookie goalie. It took Vladimir Tarasenko’s sniping and Colton Parayko’s stifling and O’Reilly’s scoring.
It took 52 years.
No N.H.L. group has waited longer for its first title than the Blues, who now have incontrovertible proof that this all actually did occur: a 34½-pound silver chalice, quickly to be etched with their names, preserved without end.