After receiving the Cup, Bouwmeester passed it to Alex Steen, who was the longest-serving active member of the Blues, and then 36-year-old Chris Thorburn, despite having appeared in just one game this year.
The Blues crowd at Busch Stadium erupted in collective euphoria at the final whistle, with a backdrop of fireworks lighting up the night sky. Second-year winger Jake DeBrusk sat dejected in the home dressing room with a towel on the back of his head and didn't say word to anybody while the media was conducting interviews. His second-round takeover against the Blue Jackets - and behind a suddenly-porous Boston defense that allowed almost 40 shots in three straight games at that - allowed the Bruins to dodge what seemed like likely death in a 2-1 hole with just three goals allowed and a.965 over the course of three straight victories.
While St. Louis hoisted the Cup and Boston dealt with disappointment at the TD Garden, Detroit trolled from afar on the Internet.
"You know it's so amusing, it's like I never in a million years thought I would be watching a game where I either am a $100,000 victor or I'm walking away with my tail between my legs", he told The Action Network before Game 7.
But we know you want more. You know, they just took our dream, our lifetime dream from us, and everything we've worked for our entire lives.
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"We do apologize that there is some exultation language that got on".
The win left Blues fans ecstatic, while Bruins left winger, and Nova Scotian Brad Marchand was disappointed with the stinging loss.
O'Reilly, like all Conn Smythe winners, will have his name engraved on the trophy.
At the same time, about 1,000 miles to the west, Phish was about to kick off its second set at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. In that post, we compiled a whole host of (what I consider to be) interesting and very uniform-nerdy stats involving what colours were worn.
The Blues scored two more goals in the third to seal their first Stanley Cup win, in large part thanks to a spectacular performance from first-year starting goalie Jordan Binnington, who finished the game with 32 saves.