Stanley Cup Final: Blues can end 52-year championship drought in Game 6

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SportsPulse: There was a bit of controversy, but the Blues got it done in Boston and are now one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues players are trying not to think about how they have a chance tonight to win the first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 52-year history.

But it is hard not to.

“It’s incredible how many amazing teams that have been here and haven’t won,” Blues center Ryan O’Reilly said. “Looking at it now having that opportunity, seeing this group in here, seeing the city behind it. It’s amazing.”

The Blues lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven NHL championship series going into tonight’s Game 6 at the Enterprise Center (8 p.m., ET, NBC). Injured Blues forward Robert Thomas might be ready to play. It will be a game-time decision.  Blues forward Ivan Barbashev will miss Game 6 with an NHL-imposed one game suspension for a high hit against Boston’s Marcus Johansson in Game 5.

Before this playoff run, the Blues had not even been to the Stanley Cup Final since 1970. What makes the Blues’ playoff run more improbable is that they were in last place out 31 NHL teams on Jan. 2.

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