In their first season, the Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs and beat the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games to get through the first round. In the semifinals, the Scotty Bowman-coached club faced the Minnesota North Stars. It became an epic series, with four of the seven games going into overtime.
The North Stars won 5-1 in Game 6, forcing a Game 7 in St. Louis on May 3, 1968. A then-record crowd of 15,586 was in attendance, with Glenn Hall in the Blues' net and Cesare Maniago between the pipes for Minnesota.
The goalies were outstanding as the game remained scoreless until Walt McKechnie beat Hall to give Minnesota a lead with just more than three minutes remaining.
Forty-three seconds later, aging Dicke Moore scored for the Blues to tie it and send the game into overtime, again.
"I knew Dickie was going to score," teammate Bob Plager said later. "He was holding that stick tight as could be and he had this look on his face. He just had this special look."
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The first overtime ended scoreless. But 2:50 into the second overtime period, Blues center Ron Schock got loose, broke in on Maniago and snapped a wrist shot past him to win the game 2-1 and send the Blues to the Stanley Cup Final.
Again, not the best conclusion. The Blues were swept in four games by Montreal, with each game decided by one goal.
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April 18: 1968: Blues 3, Flyers 1
Quarterfinals at Philadelphia
Division champ Flyers stopped cold by Mr. Goalie, Glenn Hall.
May 3, 1968: Blues 2, Minnesota 1
Won 2-1 (2 OT)
On day it was announced NBA's St. Louis Hawks were moving to Atlanta, Schock's goal sent St. Louis' first-year hockey team to Stanley Cup Finals.
April 16, 1972: Blues 2, Minnesota 1
Won 2-1 (OT)
Reward for ousting North Stars was series vs. Bobby Orr and the Bruins. Boston swept, scoring 28 goals in four games.
April 22, 1984: Minnesota 4, Blues 3
1984 Division finals
Lost 4-3 (OT)
Blues had game in hand until Willi Plett got 75-foot shot past Mike Liut, tying game in regulation.
April 30, 1986: Blues 2, Toronto 1
Victory put Blues in NHL's "final four" -- last time they've been there. Conference finals
May 14, 1986: Calgary 2, Blues 1
Blues couldn't cash in after Monday Night Miracle win tied series.
April 30, 1990: Chicago 8, Blues 2
In Blues' playoff lore, it's known as the Monday Night Massacre.
April 16, 1991: Blues 3, Detroit 2
Blues became 8th NHL team to rebound from 3-1 deficit and win playoff series.
May 15, 1993: Toronto 6, Blues 0
Maple Leaf Gardens crowd taunted Cujo: 'Jo-sieve, Jo-sieve, Jo-sieve.".
May 19, 1995: Vancouver 5, Blues 3
Iron Mike's Blues were Cup contenders, but Canucks won 3 games at Kiel.
May 16, 1996: Detroit 1, Blues 0
Lost 1-0 (2 OT)
The Great One coughed up the puck, and Steve Yzerman made the Blues pay.
May 4, 1999: Blues 1, Phoenix 0
First round at Phoenix
Win 1-0 (OT)
Coyotes coach "guaranteed" a Game 7 victory, but Pierre Turgeon's tip-in at 1:05 a.m. St. Louis time won it for Joel Quenneville's Blues.
April 25, 2000: San Jose 3, Blues 1
First round vs. San Jose
NHL's regular-season champs lose to No. 8 seed in what a Post-Dispatch columnist calls the "most embarrassing of all the Blues' playoff flops."
April 24, 2003: Vancouver 4, Blues 1
First round at Vancouver
Al MacInnis returns early from a separated shoulder after Blues blow a 3-1 series lead, but his giveaway leads to Canucks' game-tying goal and The Note's demise.