FiveThirtyEight: “It feels extremely weird to write this, but the St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions. It took them more than half a century — in that time there were three failed Cup bids and a subsequent 25-year playoff streak that included zero Cup appearances — but this current group of Bluenotes will forever have their names engraved on the face of an ornate punch bowl.”

+ “Maybe Binnington would get a call up in the event of a few injuries. Maybe he’d even give them a spot start. But he wasn’t considered a real player, let alone an important one, in the Blues organization.” Well, things change. The Blues’ Game 7 hero was as unlikely as he was spectacular.