For Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, Blues fans gather in Vlasis Park on June 6 to watch the game live from Boston. Prior to this game, the series was tied 2-2.
Through the sea of blue shirts, four-legged fans like Marilyn Norton’s daughter’s dog Keilo also cheer for the Blues. “I’m hoping they win this [game] and Sunday so they win [the Cup] at home,” Norton said.
Seniors Megan and Madelyn Barton root for the Blues to score another goal at the end of the second period after they scored earlier on in the period making the game 1-0. Madelyn has been a fan since she was born so seeing the Blues in the Stanley Cup final has been a dream come true. “I’m speechless when I watch these games,” Madelyn said. “It’s amazing to see everybody come together and cheer on the hometown.”
Frank Murano watches the game as he sells beverages as a member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County. Though Murano prefers basketball and baseball to hockey, he said with the recent hockey success, it is hard not to get involved. “This [watch party] is great,” Murano said. “I’m having a ball… but I’m nervous. A five-goal lead would be nice.”
Among the youngest members of the crowd is Drew Beckner’s 17-month-old daughter Adelaide. Drew tries to instill a strong love for hockey in his daughter as it has always been a big part of the family. “Can you say ‘Let’s go Blues’?” Drew said attempting to teach Adelaide. “We’ve been working on it so hard.”
Mike Jacober, Class of 2019, reacts in shock as the Blues score their second goal of the game during the third period making the score 2-0. The last watch party Jacober went to was for Game 3, which Blues lost 2-7, so this game felt more optimistic Jacober said. “It’s nice for them to see how it feels like,” Jacober said.
Though the Bruins scored a goal in the third period, the Blues ended the night with a victory 2-1, gaining a lead in the series 3-2. As the night came to a close, the crowd chanted “Let’s go Blues” and “Gloria” played through the speakers. Game 6 will take place this Sunday, June 9, at the Enterprise Center.