This Day In Sports History (May 10th) — Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr

It was on this day in 1970 that the Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues to capture the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1941.  The Bruins won the game 4-3 in overtime to sweep the Blues in their best-of-seven series.

Game Four of the series would go into overtime, but it did not last for long.  Just forty seconds into the extra frame, Bobby Orr received a pass from Derek Sanderson behind the net and buried it passed St. Louis Blues goaltender Glenn Hall for the Stanley Cup clinching goal.  The image of Orr flying through the air with his arms raised in celebration is considered one of the most recognized photos in hockey history.  Orr was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs’ Most Valuable Player.

The Boston Bruins would return to the finals two years later and win their second Stanley Cup in three years.  They would have to wait another 39 years before winning their next Stanley Cup in 2011, as they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games less than a year ago.

Here is a clip of Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup Winning goal.

Notable Birthdays

Jerome Williams, NBA – Born May 10th 1973 (age 40) in Washington D.C.

Adam Deadmarsh, NHL – Born May 10th 1975 (age 38) in Trail, British Columbia

Ryan Getzlaf, NHL – Born May 10th 1985 (age 28) in Regina, Saskatchewan

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