Ice Hockey: Miracle on 33rd Street


"Nobody knows what to expect—unless it's the unexpected," wrote a Montreal sports columnist when action in the new twelve-team National Hockey League got under way last October. Few fans expected that by last week both divisions of the expanded league would be battling down to the wire in the tightest N.H.L. race in years. In the new West Division, six points—the equivalent of three victories—separated the top four teams. In the old East, the Montreal Canadiens were in front by only eight points; the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers were tied for second, with the Chicago Black Hawks...

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