NHL playoffs 2019: Five facts to know as Blues snap 49-year Stanley Cup Final drought

The Blues are finally heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

St. Louis closed out the Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday at the Enterprise Center. 

David Perron put the Blues ahead early in the first period and Vladimir Tarasenko made the score 2-0 about 15 minutes later.

Dylan Gambrell cut the Sharks deficit in half a little less than seven minutes into the second period. But, Brayden Schenn answered with a goal of his own to extend St. Louis’ lead to 3-1 and it pulled away from there. 

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is set for Monday at 8 p.m. ET. 

Here are five facts to know about the Blues snapping their 49-year Stanley Cup Final drought

— St. Louis last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 1970 and it has never won a title. The Blues reached the championship round every year from 1968-70, but have never won a game and were swept in all three of those series. 

— The Blues played the Bruins the last time they reached the Stanley Cup Final. The team they’ll face this time around? The Bruins. Boston swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals.

— It seemed unlikely St. Louis would even make the playoffs this season as the team was in last in all of the NHL on Jan. 2. However, the Blues turned it around and became just the 35th team in league history to reach the postseason after ranking last at any point after their 20th game, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

— “Play Gloria” became the Blues rallying cry in early January as the team began to work its way back into contention. St. Louis fans will hope to hear it a few more times.

— St. Louis was on the ropes in the Western Conference finals as the Sharks held a 2-1 lead after the series’ first three games. The Blues, however, won the next three matchups and outscored San Jose 12-2 during that time frame to advance.