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Jordan Binnington, who played 119 games with the Wolves over parts of four seasons from 2013-2017, emerged as the primary goaltender for the Blues during their strong run during the new year.

Laila is fighting hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a rare and life-threatening immune disease, but she's been faithfully cheering on the Blues throughout the playoffs. "I was so confident we were going to win", she told reporters on the ice after the game.

Laila knew it was the Blues' year probably more than anyone.

St. Louis has always been considered a baseball haven, thanks to the Cardinals' 11 World Series titles. He along with fellow defensemen Vince Dunn, Colton Parayko, Joel Edmundson, forwards Sammy Blais, Zach Sanford, center Ivan Barbashev, and goalie Jake Allen are former Wolves that were on the active roster for Game 7. "She is such a warrior".

Laila first became famous in the Blues universe when her family started looking for a bone marrow donor for her in 2018.

Dr. Jeffrey Bednarski of St. Louis Children's Hospital said Laila responded well to treatment.

Parayko, who was one of the first to share Laila's story, said he drew "so much" inspiration from her. "I couldn't thank them enough for helping me get through my fight". And now it's her turn for a little good luck.

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