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.
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 2010-05-03 
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 2010-05-03 
Also another challenger to the Flyers, Canadiens, and Bruins besides the Blackhawks and Rangers were the St. Louis Blues.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-05-01 
Oh yeah, the Rangers were big rivals of course New York/Boston who could forget!