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Montreal Opened Mellon Arena With A Win; Will They Close Her With One As Well?

If the Pittsburgh Penguins lose on Wednesday night in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens, it will be the final game ever played at Mellon Arena, and a quick glimpse into the history books yields an interesting parallel with the first game every played at the storied arena and what could be the last game.

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Via PittsburghHockey.net, this is the game program from that first ever game at what was then called Civic Arena back in October of 1967:

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That's right: Montreal versus Pittsburgh. And the Canadiens won 2-1 in a game where Jean Beliveau scored his 400th career goal. Can the Habs close the Igloo the way it opened? We'll find out on Wednesday night.

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(H/T: theactivestick)