The best moments from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Relive the 2019 Playoffs from start to finish with the improbable first round upsets all the way to this worst to first storybook ending for the Cup champion St. Louis Blues
  • The St. Louis Blues captured their first championship in the 52-year history of the franchise by defeating the Boston Bruins, an Original Six team, in Game 7 on the road. Home-ice advantage proved meaningless from rounds one through four.
  • Even more meaningless was the oft-used holiday standings benchmarks. The Blues were as bad as the Ottawa Senators, the league’s worst team, at one point during the season.
  • The Bruins were defeated by the Devils, the third-worst team, in the first game after the Christmas break.
  • When Yeo was fired, the Blues sat in 30th in the NHL standings and had just lost 2-0 to the one team below them, the Los Angeles Kings.
  • The move was all about shaking things up. Craig Berube was named interim head coach while general manager Doug Armstrong announced that he would conduct an extensive search for Yeo’s replacement.

“There’s going to be experienced head coaches on that list,” he said at the news conference immediately following Yeo’s dismissal. “There’s going to be European head coaches on that list. College head coaches on that list. Junior head coaches. We’re not going to minimize or limit the scope that we’re going to look at.”

  • They’ll be worshipped forever in St. Louis. And their story should offer hope to underachieving clubs in every sport.

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