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Bruins-Flyers Rivalry The 1970s provided excellent hockey for NHL fans. One of the best rivalries was the Boston Bruins versus the Philadelphia Flyers. The two teams met in the playoffs four times in five seasons. In 1974, the upstart Flyers surprised the favored Bruins in six games to win the Stanley Cup. Two years later, in 1976, Philadelphia beat the Bruins in five games in a semifinal series. A year later Boston avenged the earlier defeats with a four-game sweep in the semis. (The victory was so decisive it got Boston's Brad Park and Gerry Cheevers on the cover of Sports Illustrated on May 9, 1977.) The following year, 1978, Boston again convincingly beat Philadelphia in five games in a semifinal. The 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs featured these two teams meeting in the postseason, a conference semifinal, for the first time since 1978. The Flyers won in seven games after losing the first three.
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Steve on 2010-05-01 
It seemed anyone who was decent was the Bruins rivals back then.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-05-01 
I guess that's true, Steve. Only three teams won the Stanley Cup in the 1970s: Montreal, Boston, and Philadelphia. Occasionally Chicago would rise to the challenge and put up a good fight. So would the New York Rangers (when Brad Park was their star player!). By the late 1970s, it was obvious the New York Islanders were on the rise, and they entered the equation as contenters--and rivals of the Boston Bruins.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-05-01 
Oh yeah, the Rangers were big rivals of course New York/Boston who could forget!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-05-03 
Also another challenger to the Flyers, Canadiens, and Bruins besides the Blackhawks and Rangers were the St. Louis Blues.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-05-03 
On paper, yes, in reality, no.

The St. Louis Blues benefitted from beng in a very weak West Division made up of the six 1967 expansion teams.

The Blues made the Stanley Cup finals in three successive seasons (1968, 1969, and 1970) only because the playoff format had the far better East division teams battling each other for one spot in the final while one of the new teams were guaranteed the other spot.

To illustrate the disparity in the talent between the East and West Divisons in those years, let's look at how the Blues did in those finals:

1968; Montreal beat St. Louis 4-0.
1969; Montreal beat St. Louis 4-0.
1970; Boston beat St. Louis 4-0.

Not only did St. Louis fail to win any of their games in the finals, they never won so much as a period in any of those 12 games! Hockey fans often referred to the East final those years as the real Stanley Cup final.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-05-04 
The Blues however did benefit from one of the most famous sports photgraphs when Bobby Orr leaped in the air after scoring the winning goal in the '70 finals.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-05-04 
I'm not sure the Blues would ever consider Bobby Orr's famous overtime goal against them to be a benefit, but I see what you're driving at.

Speaking of that famous goal, a statue depicting an airborne Bobby Orr is to be unveiled outside of TD Garden on Monday, May 10, 2010--the fortieth anniversary of that unforgettable hockey moment.

If you've never seen the goal, it's on this website. I posted it long ago. Just do a search for Bobby Orr.
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