The St. Louis Blues are celebrating their Stanley Cup championship, 16-bit style. Well, sort of.
After defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday to win their first title, the Blues got the "NHL '94" treatment in a nod to the classic video game. In a video circulating online, highlights from Game 7 are paired with 16-bit graphics, including a star around the player with the puck and a summary in the top right corner when a goal is scored.
"I played 'NHL '94' a lot when I was growing up," said video creator Chris Benson, who goes by his nickname, Benstonium. "With the Penguins getting knocked out in the first round this postseason, my normally Pittsburgh-centric viral media brand needed to refocus on a different storyline. The Blues' chance at their first Cup was a great story, and I wanted to create something fun that fans of that team could enjoy."
The video is also ripe with detail. The Bruins goal horn and goal song play after their lone goal in the third period and, of course, Laura Branigan's hit "Gloria" plays in 16-bit technology after the final buzzer when the Blues are shown celebrating and posing with the Cup.
Benson said the 90-second video, which has each goal scored at the exact time it was scored in the game, took him six hours to make. He created similar clips when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup in 2016 and 2017.
"Once the Blues took a two-goal lead in Game 7, I decided to get started," he said.
The Blues celebrated with the real, three-dimensional Stanley Cup during a parade and rally in St. Louis on Saturday after winning the first championship in their 51-season history.