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Boston - January 12, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

When Ray Lussier showed up at the Boston Garden on May 10, 1970, the photographer probably had no idea that he was hours away from snapping one of the most important and recognizable photos in the history of professional hockey. Nor could he have known that the photo taken would eventually be brought to life in the form of a statue some 40 years down the road. The statue, entitled “The Goal” was unveiled on May 10, 2010 and stands in front of the TD Garden as a reminder to passers by of the iconic hockey moment. The statue depicts a 22-year-old Bobby Orr, tripping over Noël Picard’s stick and taking flight after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Bruins. The resulting fall might have left a few bruised on the young defenseman, but it was likely a small price to pay to earn his way into the hockey history books.

Efficient. There's pretty much no better way to describe the work that the employees at the TD Garden in Boston are doing. Not even two hours after the players skated off the ice at the end of Thursday's Habs-Bruins game, and the ice was already gone altogether -- replaced by seats and a basketball court for the upcoming Celtics-Bulls match-up. With around 41 hockey games every year and another 41 basketball games all being hosted at the TD Garden, the switch has no choice but to be executed faster than a mid-game trade.

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