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Game 7 Blues At Bruins Tonight, With Plenty Of Notes

June 12, 2019

Tonight in Boston, the Bruins will host a #7/final round game for the first time in the 80 seasons, in which that was possible, when they meet the St. Louis Blues at T.D. Garden.

The home team is (12-4) in previous game 7’s for “all the marbles,” however, the road team prevailed in the last two, the Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit in ’09 and the Bruins, in their first seventh game, at Vancouver in ’11. (those #’s again!)

St. Louis (Blues) was swept in each of its three previous NHL final series, including their last before ‘2019, that in ’70, by the Bruins, the series culminating when Bobby Orr scored in overtime.

Half of the ten Boston/St. Louis final round series clashes have gone to a decisive 7th game and four of the five ended/will end with Boston, as the venue.

In a great overtime game in ’57, Tom Heinsohn, like Bill Russell, a rookie that season, scored 37 points, Mr. Russell had 32 rebounds in that game!) leading Boston (Celtics) over St. Louis (Hawks). The Celtics also prevailed in #7/’60 NBA final, easing to the win, in that one.

Bob Pettit’s 50 points, the most ever in an NBA title clinching game, led the Hawks’ victory at St. Louis, vs the Celts in game 6 of the ’58 NBA final.

St. Louis with its baseball Cardinals won both #7/final round/World Series contests vs Boston (Red Sox), doing so at Boston on the real Columbus Day October 12, 1967 (we were off from school) and in the one Boston/St. Louis #7 in this country’s mid west region, in 1946, with Harry Breechen notching his third win of that World Series.

The recent Red Sox, with David Ortiz (events involving he, Kevin Durant and others hopefully put “even” #7’s/final rounds/Super Bowls/World Cups et al. in perspective) leading the way, took the Cards in 4 in the ’04 W.S. and in 6 in the ’13 edition.

I have a feeling that tonight after 7 straight and 10 of 12, NHL #7/final round games, in which the winning team took at least a (2-0) lead and was never even tied, that NBC with lead announcer, Mike Emrick, will get a classic game, maybe even a third overtime 7th game of the NHL final. (The only two thus far, both home Detroit wins, Pete Babando scoring in the second overtime in ’50 and Tony Leswick in the first such “session” (ode to the great Marv Albert, will even cite that his son Kenny is the national radio broadcaster this night in the United States, he is not exactly Danny Gallavan or Kelly, but I hope to listen, as the hard working Kenny Albert, does a good job.)

One more in the category of the type of previous #7’s for the Stanley Cup title, in the first 4, the eventual winning team, the Maple Leafs in ’42 and ’45, the Red Wings as cited above in ’50 and ’54,  trailed at one point of game 7, but won the game.

Detroit both trailed in and won in overtime vs a gallant New York Rangers’ team, forced to play 5 of the series 7 games at Detroit and the other two at neutral Toronto in ’50, and trailing, but getting Leswick’s (I believe a distant relative of Len Dykstra, who was on the winning side with the New York Mets in #7/’86 World Series) overtime tally in their ’54 triumph.

Enjoy tonight’s tilt, which is on NBC, beginning at 8 P.M. Eastern Time.


Pete Babando, pictured above, as already cited, scored the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Detroit Red Wings in the second overtime period in game 7 of the 1950 NHL final.

Mr. Babando is still with us on earth. He is 94 years old, having been born on Sunday May 10, 1925.

45 years later, also on a Sunday May 10th, Bobby Orr scored in overtime of the 4th game, lifting the Bruins over the Blues, for their first title in 29 years.


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