Bouwmeester on Cup win: 'You wait a long time for this'


The Blues' Ryan O'Reilly scored the first goal of the night and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as the Stanley Cup playoffs' Most Valuable Player. The Bruins outshot St. Louis 33-20, but Matt Grzelcyk scored Boston's only goal.

He is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the National Hockey League title. She interviewed player Alexander Steen after the Blues punched their ticket to the finals, and revved up the crowd before Game 3 in St. Louis.

O'Reilly, like all Conn Smythe winners, will have his name engraved on the trophy.

Berube also coached the Blues to a franchise-record 11-game win streak from January 23 to Feb. 19 and achieved a 12-1-1 mark in February, which tied a franchise mark for wins in a calendar month.

Discounting the Stanley Cup game, "Press Your Luck" won the 8 p.m. battle over CBS' "Amazing Race" (0.8 and 4.6 million viewers) and Fox's "Masterchef" (0.7 and 2.8 million). They couldn't have forgotten the lives of Mandi Schwartz, Jaden's sister, and Michael Sanford, Zach's father.

"You know it's so amusing, it's like I never in a million years thought I would be watching a game where I either am a $100,000 victor or I'm walking away with my tail between my legs", he told The Action Network before Game 7.

But this season, after being traded to the Blues last summer, he blossomed in every direction, setting career marks with 28 goals, 49 assists, 77 points, a plus-22 and nominations for the Selke and Lady Byng trophies.

"I stopped trying to worry about the outcome and just give it everything I had", said O'Reilly, who scored his team's opening goal in the last four games of the Stanley Cup Final.

He finished with a 90.1 save percentage in the series and a 91.1 save percentage in the playoffs overall. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.

Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games - the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.

Not surprisingly, they're the first team in the NHL's expansion era to go from worst to first.