St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko has been keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
In Parayko's 12th and final entry he talks about how it feels to be a Stanley Cup champion, the road the Blues took from last place in January to win the Cup and how they will celebrate.
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This is a dream come true. It's unbelievable. This group is special, what we've been through and what we've done this year, it's truly remarkable. It just goes to show our character and how good of a team we have and the things we've been through. It's been crazy. All season, just to battle, just turn the page and climb back in the standings, make a push for first in the Central Division at the end of the season.
During the playoffs nothing seemed to faze us. We just continued on from where we left off, and if we lost a game we would bounce back. We had a few of those in the playoffs, where things went the wrong way against our team, but we responded every single game.
I give credit to every team we played. Six games, seven games, six games, seven games. It was such a battle for us. There was so much great competition, and what makes this so much better with this team is that it's been tough for us, it's been a hard road and some very tough games. Obviously, Boston is a special team. They have a lot of unreal players. That's why it went seven. That's why it was so tough.
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We were confident coming into the game after losing Game 6 at home. We did a good job of continuing to let things not faze us. I mentioned earlier things would happen and we wouldn't let it faze us and that's a special thing about our group is we continue to push when need be. I think that's what we learned the most being here is that things are going to happen and it's about how you are going to respond and come into the next game.
I had a feeling we were going to win when we got the third one there in the third, and then the fourth one. After that, honestly, from my perspective, I tried to keep it in between the lines until the last 30 seconds or whatever when I was finished, and I knew I wasn't going to play anymore. After I came to the bench and the clock was ticking down I couldn't believe it and started celebrating with the guys on the bench. I don't even remember jumping over the bench when it was over.
What we do the next couple of days is a very good question. I don't even know. Just have some fun with each other. It's such a hard season, such a long season and such an opportunity for us to enjoy time with each other. We've been through it all this year and this is just the icing on the cake.
As for celebrating, you never know what we will find when we get back to St. Louis this morning, so hopefully we all keep it clean and we all have some fun.