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April 11, 1973

Before a packed house at the Garden, what had been a solid season dissolved into dust. The New York Rangers thumped the Bruins, 6-3, winning their first-round playoff series in five games.

The defending Stanley Cup champions were ousted by the team they beat in the finals one year earlier.

It was suggested that the Bruins may have been looking past the Rangers in anticipation of a showdown with the Montreal Canadiens.

Most likely, Bruins first-year coach Bep Guidolin got it about right: “They out-hustled us … They probably wanted to win more after losing to the Bruins last year. And this wasn’t the same Bruins team.”

“It’s always easy to dwell on the fact that your own team didn’t play well,” Rangers coach Emile Francis said. “… But you should remember, we didn’t let them play well.”

No series is ever a lock.

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