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This Date in NHL History

June 12: Blues win Cup for first time

Plus: Orr youngest elected to Hall of Fame; Penguins end championship drought in 2009

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Blues raise the Stanley Cup

STL@BOS, Gm7: Blues presented with Stanley Cup

Cup Final, Gm7: Commissioner Gary Bettman presents the Stanley Cup to the Blues as they celebrate their first title in franchise history

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 12

2019: The St. Louis Blues win their first championship since entering the NHL in 1967 by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly puts the Blues ahead 1-0 at 16:47 of the first period, and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scores at 19:52 for a 2-0 lead. That's more than enough support for goalie Jordan Binnington, who makes 32 saves and sets a rookie record with his 16th victory in one playoff year.

"Most of these guys on [the trophy] I pretended I was as a kid, and now to be on here with them, it's an incredible feeling," O'Reilly says. "I can't believe that we hung on and got this done."

The victory caps an incredible ride for the Blues, who go from last place on the morning of Jan. 3 to NHL champions just over five months later.
 

 

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1958: The Red Wings name 30-year-old Gordie Howe as their new captain. Howe serves as captain for the next four seasons before he's named an assistant coach and turns over the captaincy to linemate Alex Delvecchio.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career

 

1979: At age 31, Bobby Orr becomes the youngest player in NHL history to be selected for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall waives its usual three-year waiting period, meaning Orr is inducted months after officially ending his NHL career. Knee problems limit Orr to 36 games in his final three seasons after he leads the League in scoring in 1974-75 with 135 points and wins the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the eighth consecutive season.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position

 

1999: Joe Nieuwendyk scores twice to tie a Stanley Cup Playoff record held by Joe Sakic with his sixth game-winning goal in one playoff year. He provides all of the Dallas Stars' offense in a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Marine Midland Arena. Nieuwendyk ties the game at 1-1 when he beats Dominik Hasek late in the second period, then puts the Stars ahead at 9:35 of the third.

 

2009: The Pittsburgh Penguins complete a spring full of comebacks by winning the Stanley Cup for the third time in their history when they defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena in Game 7 of the Final for their first championship since 1992. Center Max Talbot scores twice in the second period and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes 23 saves, the last one on a wide-open shot by Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom an instant before time runs out. The Penguins become the first team to win the Cup after twice trailing 2-0 in a series; they lose the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Washington Capitals and the first two games of the Final to the Red Wings before rallying to win each series in seven games. Though he misses much of the third period with a knee injury, 21-year-old Sidney Crosby becomes the youngest captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Evgeni Malkin has the lone assist on Talbot's first goal and wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 24 games.

Video: 2009 Cup Final, Gm7: Fleury lifts Pens to Cup win

 

2013: Andrew Shaw scores at 12:08 of the third overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Shaw ends the fifth-longest game in the history of the Final when a shot by defenseman Michal Rozsival hits the leg of Chicago forward Dave Bolland, clips his leg and goes past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Boston forward Jaromir Jagr skates in the Final for the first time since winning the Cup with the Penguins in 1992; the 21-year break between appearances in the Final surpasses Gary Roberts (19 years) for the longest in NHL history. Jagr also becomes the first player ever to play in the Final as a teenager and after his 40th birthday.

 

2016: The Penguins win the Cup for the fourth time since entering the NHL in 1967 by defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the Final at SAP Center. Defenseman Kris Letang scores the go-ahead goal at 7:46 of the second period, and the Penguins block 33 shots, allowing San Jose 19 shots on goal against rookie goalie Matt Murray. Patric Hornqvist's empty-net goal with 1:02 left caps a third period that sees Pittsburgh allow two shots on goal. Crosby, who assists on the goals by Letang and Hornqvist, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy despite not scoring a goal in the series. The Penguins become the sixth team in NHL history to win the Cup after changing coaches during the season. After Mike Sullivan replaces Mike Johnston on Dec. 12, 2015, Pittsburgh finishes the regular season as the hottest team in the NHL (33-16-5) before going 16-8 during the playoffs.

Video: Watch the Penguins win their fourth Stanley Cup title

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