The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
St. Louis Blues Make 25th Consecutive Pointless Playoff Appearance
Originally posted 4/12/2004

Blues goaltender Chris Osgood makes a relatively pointless save against San Jose
SAN JOSE, CA - The St. Louis Blues made their 25th consecutive pointless playoff appearance this week, the longest current such streak in the four major sports. St. Louis, which has never won the Stanley Cup, began their 25th straight pointless post season with two losses to the No. 2 seed San Jose Sharks.

"It's something to be proud of, definitely," said Blues left wing Brian Savage following the team's 3-1 loss in San Jose on Saturday. "It's a very nice, if ultimately pointless, playoff streak."

The Blues have failed even to reach the Stanley Cup finals during their streak, their three losing appearances in the championship series coming in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In fact, during their 25-year streak, they have reached the conference finals only twice.

"Boy, that really is pointless," said Blues head coach Mike Kitchen. "25 years in a row, pretty much just wasting our fans' time. Still, you've got to admire the consistency... ah, who am I kidding."

Should the Blues make four more consecutive pointless playoff appearances, they would tie the all-time NHL record of 29, set by the Boston Bruins from 1968-1996. The Bruins' streak was not pointless, however, as it resulted in Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972.

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