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The Blues Are In

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The past, Brett Hull said on the jumbotron before Game 6, is only a point of reference now for the St. Louis Blues.

But as the blue and gold streamers exploded from the Enterprise Center rafters and “Gloria” played on loop, some of the biggest parts of that past stood in the tunnel outside the Blues’ dressing room as the Clarence Campbell Bowl was carried onto the ice.

Longtime Blues enforcer Kelly Chase was crying. Original Blue Note Bob Plager was thinking of his two brothers – Bill and Barclay, who also played for the club – who passed away.

“There’s a lot of tears up there in heaven,” Plager said.

And somehow, the Hall of Famer Hull was at a loss for words – maybe for the first time ever.

“You can’t put it into words. It’s [bleeping] crazy. It’s so good,” Hull said. “This is incredible. It’s so special for the city and the people. These fans have been part of this for so long and they’re so supportive. Think about that. How many years has it been?”

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Below, watch from in the Blues room after the game and...

read Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

On Tuesday, Berube wouldn’t say exactly who scrubbed the daily reminder about how horrible the Blues were in the first half of the season, only that the standings chart had a "negative effect" on players he was trying to keep in the fight.

"Honestly, I didn’t think too much about it at the time," defenceman Joel Edmundson said. "I was just sick of seeing us at the bottom."

Centre Ryan O’Reilly recalled: "I remember liking that it was gone. The standings board, there’s so much stuff you can’t control. All that really matters is the next game."

The Blues’ next game will open the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.

The former 31st-place team continued its comeback for the ages on Tuesday night, eliminating the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 victory that ended the Western Conference Final in six games. It may also have ended San Jose icon Joe Thornton’s NHL career.

St. Louis is going to the final for the first time since 1970, which was three years after the franchise was one of the first six teams added to the NHL’s Original Six. The Blues have never won a Stanley Cup.

And if you want to know what that would mean to this franchise and this city, you had only to see original Blues defenceman Bob Plager in tears as he greeted current players coming off the ice.

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Comments

Red Winger's avatar

I listened to the Blues post-game on KMOX. When they gave the mic over to Brett Hull I wondered if we’d be in for a treat, because Brett probably had a barley pop or six during the game.

Sure enough. It was like getting a phone call from a drunk friend at 1 am:

“I love you guys…I love you guys…I love this city…we’re young, so we’ll be in the finals for years to come, the city will get sick of it…I love you guys, I really do”

The hosts were laughing, but I think after five minutes they knew it was time to cut his mic before he rambled even further.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/22/19 at 09:43 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

I’m 99.9% in for the Blues (or, more accurately, for the not-Bruins). The .1% is that I can go a thousand years w/o hearing Gloria again and be the happier for it.

Posted by Steeb on 05/22/19 at 01:41 PM ET

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