Those who followed the Blues’ playoff run know that “Gloria” is their celebratory song of choice, though they had another great song selection after punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final. Phish was clearly aware of their surroundings on Wednesday night.
One of the coolest parts about the St. Louis Blues win their first ever Stanley Cup was seeing superfan Laila Anderson get her much-deserved moment to celebrate.
Anderson was cleared to travel to Boston for Game 7 of the series. The dedicated 11-year-old fan got to watch her favorite team win it all in person, and she even had an opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup on the ice at TD Garden after the game.
Anderson formed a friendship with Colton Parayko, who helped her hoist the trophy, during a visit he made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Halloween. The two kept in touch and provided mutual motivation as the team tried to win the Cup and Anderson battled HLH, a systemic inflammatory syndrome. Anderson went viral for a video that showed her reaction to being cleared by a doctor to leave the house for the first time in four months to attend one of the team’s conference final games against San Jose. Since then she has been a figure of inspiration for the team and its fans.
Here are some other videos showing her reactions after the team won it all.
NBC issued an apology on Wednesday night for all the F-bombs that went out over air during the St. Louis Blues’ celebration of winning the Stanley Cup.
The Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Final on Wednesday to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The players were elated to win the championship and often celebrated by dropping foul language to fully show their emotions. Player after player was heard celebrating with an F-bomb, with NBC airing it all.
The network went to commercial and went they returned, play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick apologized.
“We do apologize that there is some exultation language that got on. We have taken measures that that microphone is not turned on now,” Emrick said.
Blues players couldn’t help themselves. During a postgame interview on Sportsnet, series MVP Ryan O’Reilly dropped an F-bomb as well.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.