Stanley Cup Finals

FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gestures to his players during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided the Boston Bruins to this point a decade and a half after a disastrous tenure in Washington, and Berube took the St. Louis Blues from worst to their first final since 1970 several years after a short stint in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 25, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Bruce Cassidy has come a long way from writing his first NHL practice plan on a napkin. Craig Berube hasn't changed a bit from the moment he was fired from his first NHL head coaching job. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided...
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In this May 22, 2019 photo, longtime St. Louis Blues fans Stanley Jackson, left, and Steven Crow stand in front of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, a day after the Blues defeated San Jose to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. The two friends, in their 50s, are life-long fans of the franchise that has never won a Stanley Cup. (AP Photo by Jim Salter)
May 25, 2019 - 2:28 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, front, celebrates with teammates Zdenoa Chara, back left, and Patrice Bergeron after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The three veterans who hoisted the Stanley Cup after winning it all in 2011 are among the core Bruins who will host the St. Louis Blues Monday, May 27, 2019, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 24, 2019 - 11:56 pm
BOSTON (AP) — When the Boston Bruins take the ice against the St. Louis Blues, they will do it with a core group of veterans who know what it's like to hoist the Stanley Cup — and have it slip from their fingers. Patrice Bergeron can still remember the instant euphoria and accompanying adoration...
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May 24, 2019 - 10:48 am
"Old Town Road" is coming to the Stanley Cup Final. Lil Nas X will perform the top song in the world Monday in Boston as part of the pregame festivities before the series between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues gets underway. The NHL will announce later Friday Lil Nas X and country singer Chase Rice...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins' David Backes celebrates after scoring against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. Backes will face his former team when the Bruins host the St. Louis Blues Monday, May 27, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 23, 2019 - 3:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — David Backes waited his entire career to play for the Stanley Cup, and now he's going to have to do it against some of his best friends in hockey. The former St. Louis captain will face his old team with the NHL title on the line, starting Monday night when the Blues and Bruins open...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2000, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers Eric Lindros, third from right, is assisted after getting hit in the first period of Game 7 of their NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Devils in Philadelphia. Lindros could easily be the poster boy for concussions in the NHL given his experience. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)
May 23, 2019 - 10:18 am
Jason Dickinson was angry the moment he was pulled from a game to be checked for a concussion. On the receiving end of a hit that warranted a second look, the Dallas Stars forward later realized the precaution wasn't such a bad thing. "Today's game they're doing a lot, and they are focusing on...
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In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, photo, former NHL player Dan Carcillo poses for a portrait with his wife Ela at his rural home in Homer Glen, Ill. Carcillo is hurting inside and out after seven documented concussions in the National Hockey League and what he believes could be hundreds of traumatic brain injuries. Almost a year removed from his last round of neurological treatment in early April, the bad days outnumber the good and the suicidal thoughts returned. Carcillo explains where his head is at. This is a bad day. "I'm going to choose when I'm going to go," Carcillo said. "I'll make that decision of how much pain I'm going to put my loved ones through that are around me." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
May 23, 2019 - 10:14 am
HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — Wearing a black shirt with "Fight for your happiness" on the front and "Sick not weak" on the back, Daniel Carcillo eats an apple as his wife makes a cappuccino nearby and their oldest daughter scampers around the kitchen. This is the family he always wanted, just not the...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gives instructions during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Cassidy's Bruins will face the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 22, 2019 - 4:31 pm
BOSTON (AP) — It's been more than three months since the last championship parade in Boston, and the city is getting antsy. Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series last October. And the New England Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl victory in February. But since then: Nothing. And Boston's...
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St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist (70), of Sweden; defenseman Colton Parayko (55); and Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russia, celebrate after the Blues scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in St. Louis. The Blues won 5-1 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 22, 2019 - 12:00 am
Seeing the famous photo of Bobby Orr scoring the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal to beat his St. Louis Blues doesn't bring back bad memories for Scotty Bowman. "Not really," the legendary coach said. "Because we didn't have a big opportunity to win that series." Orr and the big, bad Boston Bruins...
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St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90), David Perron (57), celebrate with Jaden Schwartz (17), who scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 21, 2019 - 12:15 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz's hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins...
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