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Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL’s marathon season

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference.

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta – The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder.

Hometown hero Patrick Maroon celebrates Stanley Cup family style

Patrick Maroon will be hailed as a hometown hero in St. Louis for signing with the Blues and helping them win their first championship. What is most important to him was the chance to be around 10-year-old son Anthony and celebrate with him. The Maroons on Saturday will get the chance to ride in the first Blues championship parade. It will be the culmination of Maroon’s gamble on himself to take less money and a one-year deal to be around his family.

Zdeno Chara played with plates, wires, screws to fix broken jaw

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara says he broke his jaw in multiple places and played the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final with “two plates, some wires and screws” holding it together. Chara confirmed the extent of the injury two days after the Bruins lost in Game 7 of the championship series to the St. Louis Blues.

Year of parades ends in Boston with Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss

After back-to-back wins by the Red Sox and the Patriots, the never-satisfied fans in Boston coveted a chance to sweep the major sports prizes. But the Celtics didn’t cooperate, and the Bruins fell one game short of winning the city’s 13th title since 2002. St. Louis won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to take the NHL championship.

Jay Bouwmeester and Blues’ greybeards finally lift Stanley Cup

Jay Bouwmeester put 764 games on his resume before finally his first taste of the playoffs. It was a record for active players when he finally got the opportunity in 2013. Bouwmeester has since racked up 75 playoff games. He was the first player St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo handed the Stanley Cup to as sign of respect for the 35-year-old veteran . It was also a sign of appreciation for his long road to his first NHL championship.

Heartache turns to triumph for St. Louis sports fans

At age 100, Marge Kirchhoefer is among the oldest St. Louis Blues fans. Now that they are Stanley Cup champions, she knows exactly how she will celebrate. She plans to drink champagne. There is a sense of celebration and relief across St. Louis, which has had champions in baseball and football. Now fans have their first NHL championship, too.

Blues’ Jordan Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been so good he might never have to pay for another meal in St. Louis. He was drafted in the third round, shuffled to the bottom of the pile of the Blues’ goalie depth chart and even farmed out to Boston’s top minor league affiliate. The 25-year-old rookie led the Blues from dead last in the NHL to the first title in franchise history. He was the perfect backstop for the bruising Blues.

Bruins fall apart and give up early goals in Game 7 loss

The Boston Bruins will look back on three minutes all summer. The Bruins got off to a fast start in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis. Excellent scoring chances were turned aside by St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. And then in a matter of three minutes late in the first period, the Blues scored twice. They took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and cruised to a 4-1 win to celebrate their first championship.

To grandma with love: Ryan O’Reilly hopes to take Stanley Cup to big fan

Ryan O’Reilly wanted to take the Stanley Cup to his 99-year-old grandmother who often emails him congratulatory messages. He could now get that chance after leading the Blues to their first title in franchise history. O’Reilly set a St. Louis playoff record with 23 points and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Cup Final games. He was also named playoff MVP.

Zdeno Chara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has a chance to skate off with the Stanley Cup for the second time on Wednesday night, when Boston plays the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the NHL championship series. Chara was knocked out of Game 4 when he took a deflected puck off his face, and his quick return has inspired his teammates and drawn the admiration of the Boston fans. The Bruins last won the Cup in 2011. St. Louis has never won it.