The emotions poured out Wednesday night as the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise's 52-year history.
Making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970, they wrapped up the title in Boston with a 4-1 victory against the Bruins.
It once seemed impossible because the Blues were in last place on Jan. 2, and they lacked home-ice advantage in three of the four rounds.
But the Blues won a record-tying 10 playoff games on the road and will now get the city's first championship parade since the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, plus a summer full of celebrating ahead of them.
The night in photos:
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Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, per tradition, was the first to hoist the Stanley Cup. (Photo: Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports)
Next up was defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who had played more than 1,200 games without a Cup. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports)
Goalie Jordan Binnington, who didn't get his first start until January and set a rookie record with 16 playoff wins, gets his turn. (Photo: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)
Ryan O'Reilly and Pat Maroon, new to the Blues this season, share a moment. (Photo: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)
Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, gets his turn with the Cup. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)
So does St. Louis native Pat Maroon. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports)
Colton Parayko lifts the Cup with Laila Anderson, who's battling a rare disease and has helped inspired the team. (Photo: Patrick Smith, Getty Images)
The Blues had flown Laila Anderson to Boston for the game. She got to kiss the Stanley Cup twice. (Photo: Patrick Smith, Getty Images)
The Blues cheer as Craig Berube hoists the Stanley Cup. He was named interim coach in November. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports)
Brayden Schenn gets a big hug after the win. (Photo: Rich Gagnon, Getty Images)
David Perron, who came up short last season with the Vegas Golden Knights, gets his turn with the Cup. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)
Russian-born Ivan Barbashev, left, and Vladimir Tarasenko celebrate together. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports)
There were sad moments on the other side. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy takes the loss hard. (Photo: Adam Glanzman, Getty Images)
The Blues' celebration continued in the locker room. (Photo: Dave Sandford, AP)
And Game 2 overtime scorer Carl Gunnarsson and his teammates will be celebrating for months. (Photo: Dave Sandford, AP)
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