The St. Louis Blues put together such a convincing win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday that they sent Boston Bruins fans to the exits at TD Garden with plenty of time left on the clock.
After the Blues scored with just under five minutes left to make it 4-0, several Bruins fans decided they’d seen enough and headed for the exits.
They are hitting the exit!!! Let’s Go Blues!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/igfAuAVo6N
— Rene Knott (@reneknottsports) June 13, 2019
Boston did finally get on the board with a Matt Grzelcyk goal with just over two minutes remaining to make it 4-1, but that was all Boston would score.
The Blues won 4-1 to capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Boston fans, which just experienced a World Series and Super Bowl win, will not get to enjoy a Stanley Cup this year.
The happiest non-member of the St. Louis Blues over the team’s first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history might very well be Scott Berry.
Berry is a Blues fan who wagered $400 on the Blues to win the Stanley Cup back in January when the team had 250:1 odds to win it all. Thanks to the long odds, that $400 turned into $100,000 when the Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7.
He put $400 on the @StLouisBlues to win it all back in January, tonight that ticket could pay off to the tune of $100,000. Living and during with each second…Scott Berry, is what’s you’d call, a believer. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/7dZ8APougK
— Will Ujek (@WillUjek) June 13, 2019
Berry could have guaranteed himself a profit by selling his betting ticket and hedging by also wagering on the Bruins to win it all. Instead, he refused to hedge because he was more concerned with sticking behind his Blues.
“I feel like I’m in this with the team, and I don’t want to lay any of it off,” Berry told ESPN this week. “I put the bet down in January for $400 to win $100,000. That was the bet. … I’m very superstitious and don’t want to ruin any juju.”
Berry’s faith in his team paid off. They took a 3-2 series lead, lost at home in Game 6, and then won on the road in Game 7.
Here’s how his celebration looked.
HE DID IT! Scott Berry, who put $400 on the #STLBlues to win the Stanley Cup back in January, can now cash his 250-1 ticket for $100,000!
He did not hedge.
He did not waiver.
And now, he's $100k richer,
— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) June 13, 2019
Ryan O’Reilly has joined impressive company in the Stanley Cup record books.
O’Reilly scored the first goal of Game 7 on Wednesday to give his St. Louis Blues a 1-0 lead over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. That was the fourth straight Stanley Cup Final game in which O’Reilly had scored, something last accomplished by Wayne Gretzky in 1985.
Prior to Ryan O’Reilly, the last player to score a goal in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games was Wayne Gretzky in 1985 (Games 2-5, Oilers vs. Flyers). O’Reilly is the first player in NHL history to score in Games 4, 5, 6, and 7 of a Stanley Cup Final series. #StanleyCup
— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) June 13, 2019
O’Reilly scored on a deflection with just over three minutes to go in the first period.
— #StanleyCup Game 7 on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 13, 2019
Alex Pietrangelo added another goal with seven seconds left in the period to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead through the first period.
O’Reilly actually has five goals in four games as he scored twice in the Blues’ Game 4 win.
Speculation is building that David Ortiz will be a part of the pregame celebration to hype up the Boston Bruins and the crowd at TD Garden ahead of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
Boston reporter Adam Kaufman speculated earlier in the day that Ortiz might deliver a video message before the game.
For obvious reasons – and please stop asking – David Ortiz won’t be the banner captain at the Garden tonight. That was never a consideration.
But, can’t help but wonder if we will see a video message from the #RedSox legend. The place would go ape.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 12, 2019
WEEI reportedly also said Ortiz filmed a video that will play before the game.
Via @SoxBooth, hockey reporters around the league have heard from credible sources that David Ortiz will film a video that will be played before the Bruins game tonight. Did I hear that right? If so, the Garden will EXPLODE.
— Gabe Faulkner (@SoxSphere_GF) June 12, 2019
The LA Times even published an article on Wednesday saying Ortiz would deliver a message before the game.
Ortiz is in Boston at Mass General Hospital recovering from a second surgery. He was shot in the back/lower abdomen while enjoying an evening at a bar in Santo Domingo on Sunday night in the Dominican Republic. He had his gallbladder removed and damage to his liver and intestines.
Ortiz is a beloved figure in Boston. Not only did he become a fan-favorite during his time on the Red Sox, but he also became a U.S. citizen and lives in Massachusetts. He fired up Fenway Park with a speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and has served as an inspirational figure for the city in the past.
The Boston Bruins have one game remaining in their season, and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has been cleared to take part in it.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters on Wednesday that doctors have cleared Grzelcyk to return for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final after a concussion kept him out the previous four games. Cassidy called Grzelcyk a game-time decision, but he expects him to play.
Grzelcyk has been cleared and will be a game-time decision. Cassidy said he expects Grzelcyk to play. Clifton will be a healthy scratch.
— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) June 12, 2019
That is big news for Boston, as they have been banged up in the series — particularly on defense. Zdeno Chara is playing with a broken jaw, and Grzelcyk has been out since Game 2 after he was sent to the hospital with an illegal check from Oskar Sundqvist. He should help solidify things for the Bruins in their own zone.
The James Holzhauer tour of fame will continue next week when the “Jeopardy!” star presents at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
Holzhauer, known as “Jeopardy James,” became famous after going on a 32-game winning streak on the famed quiz show. Though he is an Illinois native, he lives in Las Vegas as a professional gambler and was invited to present at the awards show.
The entire show will take place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 19, with Kenan Thompson serving as the host. Numerous celebrities will be presenting at the show, with Holzhauer included in the group.
Holzhauer’s run atop the quiz show ended last week with a defeat to Emma Boettcher in an episode that aired on June 3. Holzhauer, who made $2.45 million on the show, is a noted sports fan and is a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights. He even rang the siren before one of the team’s playoff games this year.
We’ll take Jeopardy legends at The Fortress for $1,000
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 21, 2019
- James Holzhauer
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins should feature plenty of chippy play given the enormous stakes, and it appears tempers were already flaring the day before the puck dropped.
According to several reports, Blues GM Doug Armstrong laid into the ice crew at TD Garden in Boston on Monday afternoon. He apparently felt that the workers were not going to have the ice ready in time for his team’s practice, and he was livid about it.
— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) June 11, 2019
Armstrong must have quickly been reminded that he was in Boston with one of the responses he got.
Blues GM, Doug Armstrong just colourfully instructed the ice crew at TD Garden to get to work. Armstrong was a bit annoyed with possibility of the Blues practice being delayed. Crew member “who pissed in your Cheerios this morning”? Game 7.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 11, 2019
Fortunately, the Blues were able to get their skating in. The situation was resolved and Armstrong may have realized he overreacted a bit.
Apparently Armstrong circled back to apologize. Game 7 harmony has been restored. https://t.co/gB1Xd8BHgd
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 11, 2019
This isn’t the first time during the playoffs that we have seen that type of fiery attitude from Armstrong, as he also unloaded on the officiating crew after a Western Conference Final game. Apparently he’s a guy you don’t want to cross.