Sabourin Pots Seven Goals as 21st-seeded ’69-’70 Blues Blow Out 44th-seeded ’74-’75 Scouts in Sweep

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Game 1 of this series went to double overtime before the 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues won it, but after that it was all St. Louis. They outscored the 44th-seeded ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts 17-3 over the next three games of the sweep.

As the title so clearly states, it was Gary Sabourin who drove the Blues’ offense in this series with seven goals, which of course were a team and series-high. Also, three of Sabourin’s goals went down as game-winners in this series, including the winner in double overtime in Game 1. Red Berenson and Frank St. Marseille were tied for second in goals behind Sabourin with four. Larry Keenan recorded six assists in the four games to lead them St. Louis in apples while Ab McDonald, along with Berenson, tallied five assists to finish second. At the top of the overall scoring leaderboard for the Blues, Berenson and Sabourin finished with nine points each while McDonald and St. Marseille’s eight points tied them for second. Legendary defenseman Al Arbour posted a +12 plus/minus to lead the Blues with fellow defenseman Noel Picard‘s +11 finishing second. Goaltender Jacques Plante was not nearly as busy as his counterparts in this series, but he still faced well over 40 shots per game. He allowed just eight goals in the sweep for a 2.00 goals against average to go along with his .956 save percentage.

I’ll keep this short with KC since…ya know. Robin Burns led them in goals with three in the series and he was the only Scout to score more than one goal. Simon Nolet and Guy Charron both tallied two assists to lead KC and they were both the only two Scouts to registered more than one assist. Burns and Nolet both finished with three points apiece to lead KC in overall scoring. Meanwhile, Charron and Ed Gilbert were tied for second with two assists. Amazingly, the Scouts did have a player finish above even in plus/minus as center Rich Lemieux posted a team-high +1. Defenseman Claude Houde was the only other skater to not finish in the negatives as he was even. The goaltenders for KC faced an average of almost 80 shots on goal per game and incredibly they finished with a team save percentage of .926%. Michel Plasse started all four games and recorded all four of the loses as he finished with a 5.00 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Meanwhile, backup Denis Herron allowed three goals in two appearances for a 1.50 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. STL – RW – Gary Sabourin – 7 G   2 A   9 P   +7   47 S   3 GWG   4 PIM   6 Star Points
  2. STL – C – Red Berenson – 4 G   5 A   9 P   +7   52 S   3 Star Points
  3. STL – G – Jacques Plante – 4 GP   4 GS   4-0-0   2.00 GAA   .956 SV%   1 SO   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Double Overtime Total
#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts 2 1 2 0 5
#21 ‘69-’70 Blues 3 0 2 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘69-’70 STL – 6   ‘74-’75 KCS – 5   (2OT)   (1-0   ‘69-’70 STL)

1st Period:

  • 4:09 – KCS: W. Paiement (1) unassisted
  • 5:10 – KCS: E. Gilbert (1) assisted by G. Coalter (1)
  • 11:29 – STL: G. Sabourin (1) assisted by R. Berenson (1)
  • 16:15 – STL: P. Goyette (1) assisted by A. McDonald (1), F. St. Marseille (1)
  • 19:58 – STL: F. St. Marseille (1) assisted by P. Goyette (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 18:43 – PP – KCS: B. Deadmarsh (1) assisted E. Gilbert (1), J. Legace (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5:47 – STL: G. Sabourin (2) assisted by L. Keenan (1)
  • 7:36 – SH – KCS: R. Burns (1) assisted by L. Giroux (1)
  • 11:29 – KCS: S. Nolet (1) assisted by G. Charron (1)

 

Second Overtime:

  • 15:09 – STL: G. Sabourin (3) assisted by R. Berenson (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts #21 ‘69-’70 Blues
5 Goals 6
70 Shots 109
1/5 PP 0/3
3/3 SH 4/5
20% PP% 0%
100% PK% 80%
GWG G. Sabourin (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Gary Sabourin (STL)
  • 2nd Star: Michel Plasse (KCS)
  • 3rd Star: Frank St. Marseille (STL)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts 1 0 0 1
#21 ‘69-’70 Blues 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘69-’70 STL – 4   ‘74-’75 KCS – 1   (2-0   ‘69-’70 STL)

1st Period:

  • 8:17 – STL: P. Goyette (2) assisted by F. St. Marseille (2), Bo. Plager (1)
  • 19:51 – KCS: D. Hudson (1) assisted by J. McElmury (1), S. Nolet (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3:45 – STL: G. Sabourin (4) assisted by R. Berenson (3), L. Keenan (2)
  • 9:49 – STL: G. Sabourin (5) assisted by R. Berenson (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 7:11 – PP – STL: A. McDonald (1) assisted by Ba. Plager (1), R. Berenson (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts #21 ‘69-’70 Blues
1 Goals 4
26 Shots 70
0/1 PP 1/2
1/2 SH 1/1
0% PP% 50%
50% PK% 100%
GWG G. Sabourin (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Gary Sabourin (STL)
  • 2nd Star: Michel Plasse (KCS)
  • 3rd Star: Red Berenson (STL)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#21 ‘69-’70 Blues 3 3 1 7
#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘69-’70 STL – 7   ‘74-’75 KCS – 1   (3-0   ‘69-’70 STL)

1st Period:

  • 2:47 – STL: F. St. Marseille (3) assisted by A. McDonald (3)
  • 6:32 – STL: T. Ecclestone (1) assisted by R. Anderson (1), T. Crisp (1)
  • 17:53 – STL: R. Berenson (1) assisted by L. Keenen (3), G. Sabourin (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 7:55 – STL: A. McDonald (2) assisted by P. Goyette (2), F. St. Marseille (3)
  • 10:30 – PP – STL: G. Sabourin (6) unassisted
    • KCS replaces starting goalie M. Plasse with backup D. Herron
  • 13:48 – KCS: R. Burns (2) assisted by S. Nolet (2)
  • 16:17 – STL: A. McDonald (3) assisted by P. Goyette (3), A. Arbour (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 19:49 – STL: R. Berenson (2) assisted by L. Keenan (4), Ba. Plager (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#21 ‘69-’70 Blues #44 ‘74-’75 Scouts
7 Goals 1
68 Shots 53
1/2 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 1/2
50% PP% 0%
100% PK% 50%
T. Ecclestone (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Jacques Plante (STL)
  • 2nd Star: Ab McDonald (STL)
  • 3rd Star: Red Berenson (STL)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#21 ‘69-’70 Blues 3 3 0 6
#44 ‘74-’75 Scouts 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘69-’70 STL – 6   ‘74-’75 KCS – 1   (4-0   ‘69-’70 STL)

1st Period:

  • 2:11 – STL: R. Berenson (3) assisted by G. Sabourin (2), Ba. Plager (3)
  • 8:32 – STL: G. Sabourin (7) assisted by L. Keenan (5)
  • 19:15 – STL: R. Berenson (4) assisted by L. Keenan (6), Ba. Plager (4)

 

2nd Period:

  • 6:17 – STL: Ba. Plager (1) unassisted
  • 8:18 – STL: F. St. Marseille (4) assisted by P. Goyette (4), A. McDonald (4)
    • KCS replaces starting goalie M. Plasse with backup D. Herron
  • 8:25 – STL: P. Goyette (3) assisted by F. St. Marseille (4), A. McDonald (5)

 

3rd Period:

  • 6:02 – KCS: R. Burns (3) assisted by G. Charron (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#21 ‘69-’70 Blues #44 ‘74-’75 Scouts
6 Goals 1
66 Shots 32
0/1 PP 0/2
2/2 SH 1/1
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
G. Sabourin (3) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Barclay Plager (STL)
  • 2nd Star: Denis Herron (KCS)
  • 3rd Star: Red Berenson (STL)

So, the 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues take their First Round match easily in their UNP debut. They now advance to the Second Round where they will play the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers. Meanwhile, the ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts have lost in the First Round in both of the first two UNP’s.

Up next in the First Round is a matchup between one of the returning Semifinalists, the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres and the 42nd-seeded ’25-’26 Pittsburgh Pirates!

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