Blues not worried about lack of Stanley Cup Final experience

Evan Marinofsky
May 26, 2019 - 8:06 pm
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It's no secret that the core of the 2019 Boston Bruins has lots of Stanley Cup experience, as this will be their third trip to the Cup Final. 

On the other side of the ice are polar opposites in the St. Louis Blues. As a franchise, they haven't made the Cup since 1970 and with this core, they've only been to the Conference Final once -- that came in the spring of 2016 when they lost to the Sharks. 

But make no mistake -- the Blues really don't care about the experience aspect. 

"Well, I'm sure if I was managing Boston I would say our experience is really great," said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. "But it is what is is. The puck's going to drop and the guys are going to have to adjust to what's happening. I would say if the experience coming in, it's in handling situations like this, media day, things like that. But once they start the game, it's going to be what they do normally."

For the veteran core of the Bruins -- Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask -- they've made the playoffs in all but two years since 2007. And for Marchand, he looks back more on the 2013 Cup loss than the 2011 Cup win

And then there's the Blues, who have no Cup to look back on. 

"We've played in every big event possible," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. "Most of us have played in a championship game, Memorial Cup, Olympics, World Cup, whatever it is. We've made it to the Conference Finals before. We're here for a reason. We've earned the right to be here." 

Even though some may value the experience the Bruins have more than the little bit the Blues have, Pietrangelo draws on a current place for lessons. 

"Our experience is getting to this point," he said. "Hasn't been an easy road for us to get here. We've faced some adversity, we've been down in series, we haven't played well in some series. We just keep finding a way to win and you gain experience from that." 

Someone on the Blues who does have some experience is David Perron. Just last year, Perron lost in the Cup Final with the Golden Knights. 

For him, there's not much advice to give to guys who haven't experienced the chance to play for Lord Stanley. 

"I don't think there's a whole much to be said right now," said Perron. "We'll see how it goes but I think the guys are prepared. It's slightly different than last year. I also think that these guys have been working for it for a long, long time and they're ready to go. They're going to be the ones ready to carry the load and be leaders and I think maybe for our younger guys, I felt like the first game vs. San Jose we were a little bit hesitant, a bit I don't know if it was nerves or what but we got it out of us. 

"Hopefully we don't even show that but if we do, we'll have to get it out of us soon." 

This time next year, the Blues hope to be singing a different tune. 

"Hopefully a year from now we'll say, geez, St. Louis has got a lot of championship experience," Armstrong said.

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