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This Date in NHL History

May 10: Orr's iconic goal wins Stanley Cup for Bruins

Plus: Kelly wins first Norris Trophy; Fuhr gets first playoff shutout by Oilers

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Orr ends Bruins drought

Memories: Orr scores in overtime to win Stanley Cup

On May 10th, 1970, Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr scored 40 seconds into overtime to end the Bruins' 29-year Stanley Cup drought

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The Boston Bruins experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, exactly nine years apart.

1970: Bobby Orr scores one of the most iconic goals in NHL history 40 seconds into overtime, giving the Bruins a 4-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues, a four-game sweep in the Final and their first Stanley Cup in 29 years. Orr takes Derek Sanderson's pass from behind the net and beats Blues goaltender Glenn Hall just before he's tripped by St. Louis defenseman Noel Picard. The picture of Orr flying through the air as he celebrates the Cup-winning goal is among the most famous in sports history.


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1979: The Bruins are leading 4-3 in Game 7 of the Semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum when they are penalized for having too many men on the ice with 2:34 remaining in the third period. Montreal star Guy Lafleur's slap shot from the right circle beats Gilles Gilbert with 1:14 to play to tie the game 4-4. Montreal dominates in overtime before Yvon Lambert scores at 9:33 to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win and a trip to the Final, where they defeat the New York Rangers for their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship. Montreal becomes the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by multiple goals in the third period.

Video: Memories: Bruins' too many men on the ice penalty



1954: Red Kelly of the Detroit Red Wings is named the first winner of the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman.


1973: Yvan Cournoyer scores the winning goal and has two assists, helping the Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 at Chicago Stadium in Game 6 of the Final to win the Stanley Cup. Cournoyer's goal at 8:13 of the third period puts Montreal ahead 5-4, and he sets up Marc Tardif's insurance goal less than five minutes later. The Canadiens overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period and win despite a hat trick by Chicago center Pit Martin. Montreal's Henri Richard wins the Cup for his record-setting 11th time as a player.


1984: Grant Fuhr makes 34 saves for his first NHL playoff shutout and the Edmonton Oilers defeat the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 1 of the Final at Nassau Coliseum. It's the first playoff shutout in Oilers history. Kevin McClelland beats Billy Smith early in the third period for the only goal of the game.


2001: Darius Kasparaitis becomes the first defenseman in Pittsburgh Penguins history to score an overtime playoff goal. His goal at 13:01 of OT gives the visiting Penguins a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Penguins overcome deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before Kasparaitis beats Dominik Hasek for his first goal of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


2010: Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton become the second pair of goaltenders in playoff history to combine for a shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-0 victory against the Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden. Boucher makes nine saves before he injures his left leg in a collision and has to leave in the second period. Leighton, who's coming off a high ankle sprain that forces him to miss 21 games, takes over and makes 14 saves. The combined shutout is the first in the playoffs since March 22, 1955, when Jacques Plante and Charlie Hodge of the Canadiens shut out the Bruins 2-0.


2014: Goaltender John Gibson, whose NHL experience consists of three regular-season starts, makes his playoff debut by stopping all 28 shots he faces to help the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 at Staples Center in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round. He is the sixth goaltender in the past 60 years to have a shutout in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game. Gibson (age 20 years, 330 days) is the youngest goaltender to win a playoff game since Carey Price of the Canadiens on April 24, 2008.


2016: Nick Bonino's goal 6:32 into overtime gives the Pittsburgh Penguins a series-winning 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lead 3-0 late in the second period, but Washington forces overtime on goals by T.J. Oshie, Jason Williams and John Carlson. But Bonino picks up the rebound of Carl Hagelin's shot and beats Braden Holtby to send the Penguins into the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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