Jacques Plante, Once Again, Leads 2nd-seeded ’69-’70 Blues as They Defeat 6th-seeded ’80-’81 Blues in Six Games

The '69-'70 Blues are heading to the Qualifying Final after defeating the '80-'81 Blues in six games. (via legendsofhockey.net)

The ’69-’70 Blues are heading to the Qualifying Final after defeating the ’80-’81 Blues in six games. (via legendsofhockey.net)

The 2nd-seeded ’69-’70 Blues took the opening game of this series by a final of 6-4 with four different players posting multi-point games in the win. Tim Ecclestone (2G, 1A), Frank St. Marseille (3A) and Phil Goyette (2G, 1A) all totaled three points to lead the way. Game 2 was tied 2-2 after two and then Wayne Babych scored almost five minutes into the third to give the 6th-seeded ’80-’81 Blues a 3-2 lead. Then, just a minute and a half later, defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot netted a PP marker to tie the game right back up for the ’69-’70 Blues. The game remained tied 3-3 all the way into a second overtime where Goyette scored nine plus minutes into the second overtime for the ’69-’70 Blues. In Game 3, the ’69-’70 Blues opened up a 4-1 lead when Red Berenson scored almost three and a half minutes into the second period. They held on for a 4-2 win to take a 3-0 series lead. Then, in Game 4, defenseman Joe Micheletti scored the only goal of the game a little over six minutes into the second period as the ’80-’81 Blues won 1-0. Goaltender Mike Liut stopped all 31 shots against in the win. The ’80-’81 Blues continued their momentum into a 5-3 win in Game 5 as Babcyh’s two goals and one assist led the way. That momentum stopped in Game 6 as the ’69-’70 Blues ended the series with a 3-1 win. Goaltender Jacques Plante had another stellar game for the 2nd seed as he stopped 36 of 37 to lead them to the victory. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 2 1 1 4
’69-’70 Blues 1 3 2 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’69-’70 STL – 6   ’80-’81 STL – 4   (1-0   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Tim Ecclestone (’69-’70 STL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Phil Goyette (’69-’70 STL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   6 S

3rd Star: C – Blake Dunlop (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   7 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 1 1 1 0 3
’69-’70 Blues 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’69-’70 STL – 4   ’80-’81 STL – 3   (2OT)   (2-0   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Phil Goyette (’69-’70 STL) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   9 S

2nd Star: G – Jacques Plante (’69-’70 STL) – W   3.00 GAA   .952 SV% (60 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Mike Liut (’80-’81 STL) – OTL   4.00 GAA   .942 SV% (65 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’69-’70 Blues 2 2 0 4
’80-’81 Blues 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’69-’70 STL – 4   ’80-’81 STL – 3   (3-0   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Jacques Plante (’69-’70 STL) – W   3.00 GAA   .933 SV% (42 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Red Berenson (’69-’70 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   11 S

3rd Star: D – Jimmy Roberts (’69-’70 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’69-’70 Blues 0 0 0 0
’80-’81 Blues 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 1   ’69-’70 STL – 0   (3-1   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Mike Liut (’80-’81 STL) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (31 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: G – Jacques Plante (’69-’70 STL) – L   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Joe Micheletti (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   1 S   2 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Blues 3 2 0 5
’69-’70 Blues 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’80-’81 STL – 5   ’69-’70 STL – 3   (3-2   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Wayne Babych (’80-’81 STL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Brian Sutter (’80-’81 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   13 S

3rd Star: G – Mike Liut (’80-’81 STL) – W   3.00 GAA   .925 SV% (37 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’69-’70 Blues 1 1 1 3
’80-’81 Blues 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’69-’70 STL – 3   ’80-’81 STL – 1   (4-2   ’69-’70 STL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Jacques Plante (’69-’70 STL) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Bob Plager (’69-’70 STL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: C – Red Berenson (’69-’70 STL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   5 S

So the 2015 St. Louis Blues Qualifying Final will be between the 2nd-seeded ’69-’70 Blues and the 8th-seeded ’13-’14 Blues!

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