Aside from it being my 28th birthday (thanks for the well wishes Steve!) there are some other cool things that happened this day in #History !
On May 10th, 1970 the Boston Bruins won their fourth Stanley Cup victory in franchise history against the St. Louis Blues. It was the first cup championship the team had won in 29 years.
Both the Blues and the Bruins faced tough opponents leading up to the cup finals; the Blues defeated both the Minnesota North Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Bruins knocked out the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Bruins won the series 4-0, beating the Blues in every game. The fourth and final game, played 44 years ago today, ended in regulation time tied 3-3. Just forty seconds into overtime, Bruins center Derek Sanderson passed the puck to fellow Bruin Bobby Orr. Orr shot the puck at the St. Louis net. Goalie Glenn Hall was unable to block the shot, and Orr’s shot turned into the cup-winning goal.
At the moment that Orr threw up his arms in celebration, Blues defensemen Noel Picard decided to be a sore looser, and tripped Orr with his stick. Cameras were rolling when this occurred, and the image of Orr flying through the air-his expression still that of celebration- became famous. So famous in fact, that on the 40th anniversary of Orr’s famous goal and flight, the Bruins immortalized the photograph as a giant statue dedicated to Orr. This bronze statue is on display outside the Bruins home arena, TD Garden.
We here at the History Bomb hardly disagree on anything….except when it comes to our hockey teams! However we are both die hard fans of the sport, so we salute this awesome moment in hockey history that happened 44 years ago today! And good luck to the Bruins as they take on Montreal tonight!
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