May 07, 2011

1970: Bobby Orr Can Fly

The year is 1970. The above photo, perhaps the most famous photo in the history of hockey, says it all.

But Jennifer Conway tells the story beautifully. I'm going to let her tell the story of the photo and of the 1970 Stanley Cup:

Happy Mother's Day Mrs. Orr

May 10, 1970. A fan sitting behind the Blues’ goal is holding a sign that says “Happy Mother’s Day Mrs. Orr.” Bobby’s mother has traveled to Boston from her home in Canada for this game.

The series between Boston and St. Louis hadn’t been much of a challenge for Boston, having won the previous games by 6-1 (games 1 and 2) and 4-1.

The only close game of the series, Game 4 scoring opens with Rick Smith beating Blues goalie Glenn Hall. Late in the period Red Berenson ties the score for the Blues.

Gary Sabourin puts St. Louis ahead in the second, but Phil Esposito answers back with his 13th goal of the playoff series, breaking the record set by Maurice Richard in 1944 and tied by Jean Beliveau in 1956.

Larry Keenan gives the Blues a 3-2 edge in the first minute of the third and the pressure is on for the Bruins.
In front of 14,385 fans and a national TV audience, the Bruins desperately want to win the series at home.

Finally John Bucyk, who has been a Bruin since 1957, forces overtime with a tip-in at the 13:48 mark and the crowd goes crazy.

Forty seconds into sudden death overtime, Bobby Orr takes a pass from Derek Sanderson and knocks in the game-winner. Just after he shoots, Noel Picard hooks Orr’s skate and Orr goes flying.

For a moment forever captured in time, Bobby Orr really is Superman.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My Father and i gave Bobby Orr a ride to the hotel he was staying at in Ottawa.
Was in the 1970s,he was with Team Canada.