Who is Playing in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final?

D Torey Krug (top) delivers a huge hit to C Robert Thomas during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

D Torey Krug (top) delivers a huge hit to C Robert Thomas during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

Dakota Skinner

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The professional season is at its peak in the year, as the cup is just 6 more games from being in one team’s hands. The fight has been brutal for every NHL team with many penalties and hard hits left and right these group of men have pushed themselves to try and have the chance of holding the Stanley Cup. But, only two have made it to the final’s, both being; the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

In the following years, (1929, 1929, 1941, 1970, 1972, and 2011), the Bruins have won six Stanley Cups. While on the other end the St. Louis Blues have never won a Stanley Cup but have made it to the finals on three consecutive occasions, (1968, 1969, 1970). Their opponent in 1970 was the Boston Bruins, where the iconic ‘Flying Bobby Orr’ goal was scored to win the series in Game 4 for the Bruins.

Facing a series of teams for both the Bruins and Blues was difficult enough, in each round playing to the best of seven. Some games battling out all seven, some only having to make it to game four before moving on.

The Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Carolina Hurricanes. The following was each outcome of the games:

Bruins vs Maple Leafs Bruins vs Blue Jackets Bruins vs Hurricanes
Game 1 Maple Leafs 4-1 Bruins 3-2 (F/OT) Bruins 5-2
Game 2 Bruins 4-1 Blue Jackets 3-2 (F/2OT) Bruins 6-2
Game 3 Maple Leafs 3-2 Blue Jackets 2-1 Bruins 2-1
Game 4 Bruins 6-4 Bruins 4-1 Bruins 4-0
Game 5 Maple Leafs 2-1 Bruins 4-3
Game 6 Bruins 4-2 Bruins 3-0
Game 7 Bruins 5-1

 

Next series of games was the St. Louis Blues battling each game with the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, and San Jose Sharks, the following was each outcome of the games:

Blues vs Jets Blues vs Stars Blues vs Sharks
Game 1 Blues 2-1 Blues 3-2 Sharks 6-3
Game 2 Blues 4-3 Stars 4-2 Blues 4-2
Game 3 Jets 6-3 Blues 4-3 Sharks 5-4 (F/OT)
Game 4 Jets 2-1 (F/OT) Stars 4-2 Blues 2-1
Game 5 Blues 3-2 Stars 2-1 Blues 5-0
Game 6 Blues 3-2 Blues 4-1 Blues 5-1
Game 7 Blues 2-1 (F/2OT)

 

As game one began Monday, May 27, the anticipation to see what the outcome will have people standing each and every game whether their home or at the rink. Game one consisted of a series of penalties including, cross-checking, tripping, and slashing, all from the Blues giving the Bruins several chances to make many goals. Blues gave Boston four straight power plays within the first and second periods.

Period 1:

Blues center, Brayden Schenn, scores off of goalie, Tuukka Rask, making the score 1-0. But, Bruins defender, Marcus Johansson, whips the punk to goalie, Jordan Binnington, tipping it off of the post, never making the shot. This causes the Bruins to kick the game into high gear in hopes of making a goal before the end of the first period.

Period 2:

Blues right wing, Vladimir Tarasenko, scores off Rask, making it 2-0 for the St. Louis Blues. Boston defenseman, Connor Clifton, retaliates by scoring off Binnington, changing the score to 2-1 still the Blues with the lead. Then, Charlie McAvoy, Bruins defenseman scores tieing up the game.

Period 3:

Keeping on the puck streak, Bruins forward, Sean Kuraly, scores taking the lead of 3-2. After a series of pushes, shaves, holding and eventually ripping the helmet off Bruins defenseman, Torey Krug, a fast escape was made by Blues center, Robert Thomas. The escape didn’t last long as Krug bounces back up, skating down the ice with a missing helmet slamming into Thomas with a clean hit laying him out. The Blues pulled their goalie to bring in an extra man in hopes to defend off the Bruins and keep the score 3-2. Left Wing player for Bruins, Brad Marchand, whips the puck into the open net, the final score of the night 4-2 with the Boston Bruins taking the first game of a seven-game series.

With Bruins winning the first of seven, New England residents blew up twitter and many other social media sites in celebration and hope that the Bruins will win the Cup yet again. If the Bruins were to win there would be an insane amount of fans going crazy seeing as within the past year New England has started a streak of wins. Red Sox winning the MLB World Series, and the Patriots winning the Super Bowl. If the Bruins were to win they would complete the expected streak.

The upcoming games are:

Game 2: Blues win 3-2 in OT

Game 3: Saturday, June 1, at 8 pm

Game 4: Monday, June 3, at 8 pm

Game 5: Thursday, June 6, 8 pm

Game 6: Sunday, June 9, at 8 pm

Game 7: Wednesday, June 12, at 8 pm