|1970 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime|
|Location(s)||St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Arena) (1,2)
Boston, MA (Boston Garden) (3,4)
|Coaches||St. Louis: Scotty Bowman
Boston: Harry Sinden
|Captains||St. Louis: Al Arbour
|Dates||May 3-10, 1970|
|MVP||Bobby Orr (Bruins)|
|Series-winning goal||Bobby Orr (0:40, OT, G4)|
The 1970 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues, appearing in their third straight finals. The Bruins were making their first appearance in the final since 1958. The Bruins would win the series 4-0, their first Stanley Cup victory in 29 years. Bobby Orr scored the Cup-winning goal on Glenn Hall, with an assist from Derek Sanderson, at forty seconds of overtime, and the subsequent image of Orr flying through the air, his arms raised in victory -- he had been tripped by Blues' defenseman Noel Picard at the moment of shooting -- is one of the most famous and recognized hockey images of all time. With the win, the Bruins became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup since the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961.
The Boston Bruins tied for first in the East Division with the Chicago Blackhawks with 99 points. The Bruins lost the tiebreaker of wins with 40 to Chicago's 45. The St. Louis Blues finished first in the West Division with 86 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. In this year's regular season series, there were three wins for Boston, one for St. Louis and two ties.
At 3:57 of the first period, a hard shot from Fred Stanfield was deflected and struck Jacques Plante in the forehead of his face mask, splitting the mask in half and injuring Plante. Plante was finished for the series. Doctors later said if he hadn't been wearing the mask, he surely would have been killed. Ernie Wakely took over in goal but only held off the Bruins for a few minutes before becoming a rather easy mark for Bruins sharpshooters.
|May 3||Boston Bruins||6-1||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|May 5||Boston Bruins||6-2||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|May 7||St. Louis Blues||1-4||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden|
|May 10||St. Louis Blues||3-4||OT||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden|
|Boston won series 4-0|
Bobby Orr... behind the net to Sanderson to ORR! BOBBY ORR! ...scores and the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup!-- Dan Kelly calling Orr's Stanley Cup winning goal
The most commonly seen video clip of Bobby Orr's famous overtime goal ("The Flight") in game four is the American version broadcast on CBS as called by Dan Kelly. This archival clip can be considered a rarity, since surviving kinescopes or videotapes of the telecasts of hockey games from this era usually emanate from CBC's coverage. According to Dick Irvin, Jr.'s book My 26 Stanley Cups (Irvin was in the CBC booth with Danny Gallivan during the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals), he was always curious why even the CBC typically uses the CBS replay of the Bobby Orr goal (with Dan Kelly's commentary) instead of Gallivan's call. The explanation that Irvin received was that the CBC's master tape of the game (along with others) was thrown away in order clear shelf space at the network.
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