The Boston Bruins came into their first-ever Stanley Cup Final Game 7 on home ice looking for a coronation and a bookend title for five venerable veterans.
Instead, they watched the St. Louis Blues hoist their first-ever Stanley Cup after goaltender Jordan Binnington put on a Tim Thomas-esque show in net, and the Bruins couldn't muster consistent offense from their top lines.
Yes, a season in which many questioned whether the Bruins had enough beyond their Perfection Line to win a title, ended with everyone wondering where their top line vanished to.
After the Blues came out flying, the Bruins dominated most of the first period but found themselves trailing 2-0 going into the break after Brad Marchand exited the ice on a chance with under 15 seconds left.
Binnington had a shutout until there was 2:10 left with the goaltender pulled. He made 32 saves, as the Bruins outshot the Blues 33-20.
Sean Kuraly, David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle were all minus-2 for the Bruins.
Ryan O'Reilly was the Conn Smythe winner as the postseason MVP.
For the first time in the Bruins’ 95-year history, they will host a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final on home ice, with the decisive matchup against the Blues set for 8 p.m. tonight. Following along for updates in what should be a wild night on Causeway Street.