It’s taken the St. Louis Blues nearly a half century to get back to the Stanley Cup final and when things get underway Monday, the Boston Bruins will present a familiar foe.

In the spring of 1970, the Bruins swept the Blues in the last visit by St. Louis to a Stanley Cup final series. But when it comes to the Gateway City, the clubs from the Hub have been frustrating them for decades.

The last loss for St. Louis teams in all four of the major North American sports have come at the hands of teams from Beantown. St. Louis and Boston are the only North American cities to meet for the championship in all four of the major sports.


1970 Stanley Cup Final: Bruins 4 Blues 0

The series of the goal, Bobby Orr’s dramatic, flying-through-the-air Game 4 Cup-winning overtime tally.

The Blues tried everything to slow down the powerful Bruins. That included deploying three goalies over the four games. Jacques Plante started Game 1 but lasted just 24 minutes until a Fred Stanfield slapshot rendered him unconscious and cracked his mask.

Ernie Wakely took over and finished the game, a 6-1 loss. Wakely also started Game 2, a 6-2 Blues defeat. Glenn Hall took over in the net for Games 3 and 4, as Boston posted 4-1 and 4-3 victories to complete the sweep.

Johnny Bucyk led the Bruins with six goals in the final series, one fewer than were registered by the entire Blues team.

Other Playoff Meetings:

1972 Stanley Cup semifinals: Bruins 4 Blues 0


2013 World Series: Red Sox 4 Cardinals 2

After losing the opener at Fenway Park, the Cardinals won Game 2 and took Game 3 to claim a 2-1 series edge. But Boston swept the next three games and claimed the Fall Classic with a 6-1 rout in Game 6 at Fenway Park. It was the first time the Sox had won a World Series at their home ballpark since 1918.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was named World Series MVP and became the first non-New York Yankee to win three World Series with the same team since Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer (1966, 1970, 1983).

Other Meetings:

1946 World Series: Cardinals 4 Red Sox 3

1967 World Series: Cardinals 4 Red Sox 3

2004 World Series: Red Sox 4 Cardinals 0


Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20 St. Louis Rams 17

Trailing 17-3, the Rams scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the score. Kurt Warner’s TD pass to Ricky Proehl made it 17-17 with 1:30 to play.

Patriots QB Tom Brady drove New England to the Rams 30 with seven seconds left to go. Adam Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal as time experied to give the Pats their first Super Bowl title.


1961 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics 4 St. Louis Hawks 1

These two powerhouses met in the finals for the fourth time in five years but this one was all Celtics. Led by Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Tom Heinsohn, the Celtics won the third of what would be an NBA-record eight straight titles.

Bob Pettit was the star for St. Louis and the Hawks also listed future NBA coaching legend Lenny Wilkens on their roster. Their lone victory was a 124-120 decision in Game 3 on home court.

The Hawks franchise, now located in Atlanta, has never been back to make another NBA Finals appearance.

Other NBA Finals Meetings:

1957: Celtics 4 Hawks 3

1958: Hawks 4 Celtics 2

1960: Celtics 4 Hawks 3