The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have been in the same division for nearly 50 years, and this week they will kick off their 12th playoff series all-time. For most years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been the big brother that beats down little brother, and as a Chicago Blackhawks fan I hope they have another 4 victories up their sleeve.
All-time the Chicago Blackhawks lead the playoff series 32-24, and they have won 8 playoff series while only dropping 3 to the St. Louis Blues. So let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane at those 11 previous series.
1973 Quarterfinals (Hawks Win 4-1)
The Chicago Blackhawks took it to the St. Louis Blues early and often in 1973. They won the first three games of the series 7-1, 1-0, and 5-2, and after a Game #4 win by the Blues the Chicago Blackhawks finished off the series with a 6-1 victory. Tony Esposito picked the shut out in Game #3, and the Hawks headed to the Stanley Cup Final that year after beating the Blues and then the New York Rangers before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in 7 games.
1980 Preliminary Round (Hawks Win 3-0)
The Chicago Blackhawks swept the Blues in a round that no longer exists.. Tony Esposito was still winning games in 1980, and Doug Wilson was the playoff highest scorer. The Hawks would get swept in the next round by the Buffalo Sabres.
1982 Norris Division Final (Hawks Win 4-2)
This is proof that you just have to be in it to win it. The Blackhawks finished 4th in the Norris Division, but they upset the Minnesota North Stars in the first round, and then they headed to St. Louis to face the Blues. The Hawks stars were the reason they were able to defeat the Blues with Denis Savard, Steve Larmer and Doug Wilson having big series. Tony O after giving up a Overtime goal in Game #5 was able to hold down the fort for the Blackhawks Game #6 series clinching victory. The Hawks would end up losing to the Vancouver Canucks in the Conference Finals.
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1983 Norris Division Semi-Finals (Hawks 3-1)
The Hawks kicked off the playoffs with the Blues and made pretty quick work of them winning the best of 5 game series in 4. This is probably the first playoff series and season that I remember with Al Secord scoring 50 plus goals and a ton of fights. The playoffs though was all about Denis Savard, and Murray Bannerman putting together his best season in his Chicago Blackhawks career. The series ended on a Darryl Sutter empty net goal to give the Hawks a 3-1 series win.
Next: The Late 80's