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Stars/Blues “Take It To The Limit” Again.

May 10, 2016

As a result of the Dallas Stars holding on for a (3-2) victory, their second at St. Louis in their NHL quarterfinal series vs the Blues, the franchises will meet in a 5th deciding game in this their 13th playoff series against each other, on Wednesday night in Dallas.

The teams have split the previous 12 series, three of them in decisive 7th games and one in a decisive 5th game.

St. Louis won in overtime in the first two decisive 7th games in 1968 (each franchise’s first season) and 1972. The 1968 game was in St. Louis, the 1972 tilt in Minnesota and was nationally televised by CBS, with the great Dan Kelly behind the microphone,

However, the Blues did not win another playoff game in each of those seasons, losing in 4 straight to Hector “Toe” Blake’s last Cup winner (Montreal Canadiens) in 1968 and to the eventual Cup winning 1972 Boston Bruins, in a “crossover” NHL semi-final series.

Still the Minnesota North Stars, the franchise now the Dallas Stars, won a 7th game vs St. Louis at home in 1984, before losing a decisive 5th game also at home in 1986. Wednesday’s decisive 7th game will be the first between the franchises since the North Stars moved to Dallas and became the Stars.

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One can make the case it has been all downhill for the Blues since Ron Schock (see above) scored in the second overtime of game 7 (1968 semi-finals/expansion NHL Western Division finals) vs the Minnesota North Stars, sending his team to the NHL finals.

St. Loo lost all 12 of its finals games in 3 straight finals appearances after Schock’s goal, not exactly a “SHOCKING” result  as they represented an expansion team division. They have not made an NHL final series since and hope to make just their fourth semi-finals appearance since that point (1970), with a win in Dallas, vs the Stars tomorrow night.

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