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Friday, January 24, 2020

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Watch: Blues send Bruins fans to exits early in Game 7

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.

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.

Blues fan Scott Berry turned $400 Stanley Cup bet into $100K

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.

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.

Ryan O’Reilly joins Wayne Gretzky in Stanley Cup record books

Ryan O'Reilly

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.

O’Reilly scored on a deflection with just over three minutes to go in the first period.

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.

David Ortiz video to play before Bruins Game 7? Speculation builds

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.

WEEI reportedly also said Ortiz filmed a video that will play before the game.

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.

Matt Grzelcyk expected to return for Bruins in Game 7

Matt Grzelcyk hit

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.

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.

‘Jeopardy James’ to present at NHL Awards show in Las Vegas

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.

Blues GM ripped into Zamboni crew in Boston ahead of Game 7

Doug Armstrong Blues

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.

Armstrong must have quickly been reminded that he was in Boston with one of the responses he got.

Fortunately, the Blues were able to get their skating in. The situation was resolved and Armstrong may have realized he overreacted a bit.

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.