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Pens And Blues Each Up (3-0) In Their NHL First Round/Preliminary Series

April 17, 2017

Two 1967-1968 NHL expansion teams have commanding three games to none first round/preliminary series leads.

One is the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the Columbus Blue Jackets by that count after Sidney Crosby’s brilliant play/pass set up rookie Jake Guentzel’s hat trick, overtime winner in game 3 in Columbus.

The other team is St.Louis (Blues), unlike Pitts, which has titled 4 times, a team looking for its first title.

They are now, very likely in this their 49th season, to dispatch the Minnesota Wild, coached by Bruce Boudreau, a coach who now is very likely to be denied as much as a finals appearance, for the ninth time, in as many ‘offs appearances.

An omen only I would cite is that the Blues, sans a title in 48 previous completed NHL seasons, evokes the 1948, last title of the Cleveland Indians, whose player manager was Lou Boudreau.

 

The great Sidney Crosby, pictured above.

 

 

 

 

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