Linesman Greg Devorski (54) separates St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (6) and Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. AP Photo

The Latest from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between Boston and St. Louis (all times local):

10:49 p.m.

Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues has been named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

The gritty forward lifted the trophy on the ice moments after the Blues beat Boston 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He scored the opening goal late in the first period.

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10:42 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues have won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Ryan O’Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo scored late in the first period and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford added goals in the third period as the Blues shut down the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night in the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

O’Reilly tipped Jay Bouwmeester’s point shot in with 3:13 left in the first on just the third Blues shot of the game. Jaden Schwartz fed Pietrangelo for a stunning goal with 7.9 seconds left.

Schenn scored with 8:35 left and Sanford at 4:38 to put the Blues up 4-0, setting off cheers at two different watch parties back in St. Louis – including the Blues’ home arena, the Enterprise Center. Boston added a late goal with 2:10 left.

Boston was seeking its seventh NHL championship but couldn’t solve Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, who finished with 29 saves.

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9:55 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues are 20 minutes away from their first Stanley Cup championship.

The Blues lead the Boston Bruins 2-0 after two periods. No goals were scored in the second period. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington strengthened his case for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP by stopping all 11 Boston shots to give him 23 saves so far.

The Bruins have limited the Blues to 10 shots on goal, but Ryan O’Reilly’s deflection and Alex Pietrangelo’s backhander gave them two goals against Tuukka Rask. The Bruins netminder entered the night 3-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .877 save percentage in Game 7 in his NHL career.

Boston is hosting its first Game 7 Cup Final game as it seeks its seventh NHL championship.

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9 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues hold a surprising 2-0 lead on Boston after a wild first period in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins have been the far more aggressive team and had the Blues badly out of synch for most of the opening 20 minutes. But it was the Blues who struck first.

Ryan O’Reilly scored on a perfect deflection and captain Alex Pietrangelo lifted a backhander past Tuukka Rask in the final seconds of the opening period to give the St. Louis Blues a two-goal lead.

O’Reilly tipped Jay Bouwmeester’s point shot in with 3:13 left in the period on just the third Blues shot of the game. After …read more

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