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It can be startling to see that the Blues reached the Cup final for three straight years, but after the NHL expanded by six teams in 1967, someone from the newly-formed West Division (Philadelphia, LA, St. Louis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Oakland) had to go. The Blues, with such creaking stars as Red Berenson, Glenn Hall, Dickie Moore and Doug Harvey, got past the top seed Flyers and fourth-seed North Stars in hard-fought seven-game series in '68 only to be swept by mighty Montreal, who got out the broom again in '69. The third time wasn't the charm as Bobby Orr's iconic flying goal completed Boston's sweep of the Blues in the '70 final.

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