"You know it's so amusing, it's like I never in a million years thought I would be watching a game where I either am a $100,000 victor or I'm walking away with my tail between my legs", he told The Action Network before Game 7. "Obviously, it's shocking when you dominate a period and you're still down 2-nothing, but we still had 40 minutes to go".
After breaking the franchise record for most points scored in a postseason and setting the tone for the St. Louis Blues' first Stanley Cup championship in team history, Ryan O'Reilly has been named the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy victor. You know, they just took our dream, our lifetime dream from us, and everything we've worked for our entire lives.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman presents St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly with the Conn Smythe trophy.
Matt Grzelcyk spoiled Binnington's shutout bid with two minutes left in the third period. It was the 17th time in league history that the championship series went to seven games. Don't worry, we've got you. I still can't believe this. But O'Reilly had just three goals in his first 22 post-season games.
St. Louis showed it could put a stranglehold on opponents when playing with a lead. Someone had to win and someone had to lose and we came out on the wrong side of it.
How does this affect how Rask will be viewed in Boston moving forward? O'Reilly, 28, also won his first Cup, had a goal and an assist in the final game and finished the postseason with 23 points.
Pietrangelo added another with eight seconds left in the period when he skated in and used a nifty backhand deke to beat Rask and silence the stunned home crowd.