Going into Wednesday night’s Game 7 on the road in Boston against the Bruins, the St. Louis Blues wouldn’t have been feeling discouraged or like they were out of it. The ‘road warriors,’ after all had an under .500 record at home so far but had been brilliant on ‘road ice,’ and that trend was set to continue as they claimed the Stanley Cup with a 4-1 win to improve to 10-3 away from home in the playoffs. The Blues once again leaned upon influential goaltender Jordan Binnington throughout Game 7, with the rookie making save after save on the way to a win that was anything but comfortable- despite the final score. At 25 years old, he is one of the oldest rookies you will ever see. With his 32 saves in the game, he became the rookie with the most saves in a game since 1955- when the stat was tracked for the first time. Ryan O’Reilly, so vital for them during their run, got them off to the perfect start with a goal in the first period. Alex Pietrangelo, who assisted on that goal, would score soon after as well to give them a 2-0 lead in the opening period, before third period goals from Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford just about wrapped it up. A late Matt Grzelcyk goal was too little too late, and the Blues would be raising the Cup in Boston for their first ever trip around the sun with the trophy.
The bad news was confirmed on Wednesday that Kevin Durant had indeed ruptured his Achilles and had to have surgery on it to repair it. Durant updated his limitless set of fans as to his condition, talking about the love of the game that had just cost him perhaps his career. The injury is a particularly brutal one and has not been kind to players in the past, with only Dominique Wilkins ever looking the same post injury. It will be interesting to see how this changes the landscape of the off season. Will teams stump up the cash to bring him in or will he end up back in Golden State because of it? Only time will tell, but it might be a while before we know much of anything.
The Milwaukee Brewers traveled to Houston to take on the Astros on Wednesday night in a game that could well be a World Series preview, and it did not disappoint. The Brew Crew found themselves in a spot of bother against starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who relentlessly struck out 15 batters. However, they stuck around, and it eventually led to them getting their break deep into extra innings. With Verlander long gone (finally) the Brewers made their move in the top of the 14th when Mike Moustakas, so often their hero, hit a two-run home run to help them grab three runs in the frame and ultimately win 6-3. Overall, they were sat down 24 times, yet they never gave in and clawed their way to a great win in the process. The win keeps them half a game ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central, while Houston is a full nine ahead of Texas in the AL West, such is their dominance.