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01-02-2013, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by cam042686 View Post
I have not heard much said about this series, however, from a historical point of view isn't that a bit "unfair?" In a sense one could say that in this series the new expansion teams arrived. No longer would an established team look at a playoff series with an expansion squad as a "sure thing."

Or am I out to lunch here?
I agree. The '71 MTL-MIN series is a hidden gem and deserves more historical weight. I'd be curious whether newspapers at the time played up the "first playoff victory by an expansion club" storyline. It certainly was a major hill to climb, though perhaps there was a certain sense of inevitability in people's minds.

Highlights from Game 6 of this series can be found on YouTube (low volume, but beautiful color quality). The potential tying goal at the end sure was close! To the extent that additional footage exists, it sure would be great to find it.

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