Here's the second edition of "This Week in Bruins History," with a look back at the Stanley Cup clincher on May 10, 1970.
Led by Bobby Orr’s memorable game-winner, the Boston Bruins completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues, winning the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1941.
The Bruins, who led the NHL in goals and penalty minutes during the 1969-70 season, capped off the sweep with their 12th win in 14 playoff contests. The Bruins finished the playoffs with an NHL-record 10-game winning streak.
In the Finals against the Blues, the Bruins made things look easy in the first three games, winning 6-1, 6-2, and 4-1.
Legendary Jacques Plante, a seven-time Vezina Trophy winner who posted a 2.19 GAA for St. Louis during the 1969-70 season, was injured in Game One of the series, a big blow for the upstart Blues.
In Game Four, the Blues played their best game of the series and twice enjoyed one-goal leads. However, Johnny Bucyk’s goal with just over six minutes remaining in regulation tied things up for Boston and set the stage for Orr’s overtime heroics.
At the 40-second mark of the extra period, Orr took a pass from Derek Sanderson and scored the Cup-winner, ending the series in dramatic fashion.
The image of the Bruins’ star defenseman flying through the air, moments after he scored the goal, is one of the most memorable moments in NHL playoff history.
It was Orr’s only goal of the series, but the biggest one in his career. Orr was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
The Cup-winner capped off a remarkable year for Orr, who also won the scoring race with 120 points, becoming the first blueliner ever to capture the NHL scoring title. Orr also won the Norris Trophy (top defenseman) and Hart Trophy (regular season MVP) for the 1969-70 season.
For Boston, it would be the first of two Cups in a three-year span, and the Bruins would also make appearances in three other Finals the rest of the decade (1974, 1977, 1978).
For the Blues, it was their third straight appearance in the Finals, and they fell to 0-12 in the championship round, having been swept for the third straight time. As of 2007-08, the Blues have not made it back to the Finals again since.
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