With the St. Louis Blues' victory on Tuesday, the Stanley Cup Final has officially been set. The Blues will face the Boston Bruins as both teams will battle to supplant the Capitals as the Stanley Cup champions.
St. Louis finished off the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday with a 5-1 Game 6 win and will now look to win its first ever Stanley Cup. One has to wonder whether that game was the last time we will see the 39-year-old Sharks forward Joe Thornton on the ice. For the Blues, this is the first time they have reached the final since 1970, snapping a 49-year drought. They made the final in each of their first three seasons as the NHL grouped all of its expansion franchises into a single division.
St. Louis is now the first team in league history to go from last place in the league in January to the Stanley Cup Final.
This season will be a rematch of the 1970 final in which the Blues were swept by the Bruins. That series gave us the iconic moment of Boston great Bobby Orr soaring through the air after scoring the Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 4.
The Bruins have been waiting since Thursday to learn who their opponent would be after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes to win the East. Boston will be going for its seventh Cup and first since 2011. Goalie Tuukka Rask was brilliant in that series with a .956 save percentage and a 1.25 GAA. The long layoff, however, could potentially cool off Rask and the red-hot Bruins.
The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets both swept their first-round opponents and both lost in the second round. The Hurricanes swept the Islanders in the second round and were then swept by Boston. The Bruins will have to shake off the rust as quickly as possible as the final begins.
Boston will have home ice in the final and will host Games 1 and 2 before the series shifts back to St. Louis.
Here is the final schedule:
- Game 1 in Boston, Mon. May 27
- Game 2 in Boston, Wed. May 29
- Game 3 in St. Louis, Sat. June 1
- Game 4 in St. Louis, Mon. June 3
- Game 5 (if necessary) in Boston, Thurs. June 6
- Game 6 (if necessary) in St. Louis, Sun. June 9
- Game 7 (if necessary) in Boston, Wed. June 12
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