Report: Blues already have victory celebration planned originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com
The Boston Bruins are trying to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive on Sunday in Game 6. They got some perfect bulletin board material to help out with that.
According to WPRI 12's Ruthie Polinsky, the St. Louis Blues may already have a victory celebration planned ahead of Sunday night's Game 6.
Heard this through the STL grapevine: the Blues have the entire top floor of a downtown bar rented out for tonight. #StanleyCup celebrations are planned.
— Ruthie Polinsky (@ruthiepolinsky) June 9, 2019
Apparently, it's not just the Blues team, either. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also has ads prepared in the event that the Blues win tonight, and those were leaked as well in the subscriber-only version of the paper.
St. Louis already popping bottles about their Stanley Cup win down here. Wouldn't happen in a city where you win sports championships every 6 months https://t.co/8sEBUg5Meu
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 9, 2019
While having confidence ahead of a game is usually a good thing, this is the type of news that could motivate the Bruins a bit extra. Hearing that the Blues are already prepared to celebrate a Cup win could fire them up and make them prove to the Blues that they won't be easy to take down.
This development has shades of the San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots game in 2007. During that postseason, the top-seeded Chargers took on the Patriots after discussing their potential parade route with the city of San Diego -- which got out ahead of the game. The Patriots ended up emerging with a 24-21 victory and rendered the Chargers' Super Bowl parade plans moot.
In fairness, the Chargers were much further away from a title than the Blues (they still had to win three games to get one) but the parallel is still there.
We'll see if the Bruins can spoil the Blues' plans in Game 6 and force a Wednesday night Game 7. If they can, it will mark the 12th time in franchise history that the team forces a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-2.