Hockey: Red of the Blues

When the National Hockey League created a new division made up of six expansion teams last season, cynical fans talked of the "dogmeat wing" or the "humpty loop." The derisive epithets disappeared when the upstart St. Louis Blues won the West Division playoffs, then forced the vaunted Montreal Canadiens into two overtime games before losing the Stanley Cup. St. Louis rooters can document to the day the start of their team's surge. It was the moment the Blues first saw Red.

Seven weeks into their first season, the Blues were last in their...

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