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May 10: Orr's iconic goal wins Stanley Cup for Bruins in 1970

Plus: First Norris Trophy goes to Kelly; Flyers get second combined shutout in playoff history

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 goalie 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.

Video: Memories: NHL flips out over Orr's historic goal


[RELATED: Orr's goal had Bruins flying high | Hall embraces allowing 'The Goal']


1979: The Bruins are leading 4-3 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup 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. 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 voted as 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 an insurance goal by Marc Tardif less than five minutes later. The Canadiens win after trailing by two goals in the first period and 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.


1980: The New York Islanders advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in Game 6 of the Semifinals at Nassau Coliseum. After Gilbert Perreault gives Buffalo an early two-goal lead, the Islanders score five unanswered goals. Bob Bourne has two assists before scoring a shorthanded goal into an empty net with 1:00 remaining to ice the win, which puts New York into the Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers.


1984: Grant Fuhr makes 34 saves for his first NHL playoff shutout and the Edmonton Oilers defeat the 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 at 1:55 of 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. He scores at 13:01 of OT to give the visiting Penguins a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Penguins trail 1-0 and 2-1 but tie the game each time before Kasparaitis beats Dominik Hasek for his first goal of the 2001 playoffs.


2003: Patrick Lalime sets a playoff record by giving up two or fewer goals for the 11th straight game when the Ottawa Senators defeat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Corel Centre. Lalime makes 32 saves and Shaun Van Allen scores the game-winning goal at 3:08 of the third period.

On the same night, Petr Sykora scores at 8:06 of the second overtime to give the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim a 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes 39 saves for his second career playoff shutout.


2010: Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton become the second pair of goalies 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.


2011: The Detroit Red Wings rally for three goals in the final 10 minutes to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings become the first team in NHL history to force a Game 7 by winning consecutive games after trailing in the third period of each.


2014: John Gibson, a rookie goalie 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 goalie in the past 60 years to have a shutout in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game. Gibson (20 years, 330 days) is the youngest goalie to win a playoff game since Carey Price of the Canadiens on April 24, 2008.


2016: Nick Bonino scores 6:32 into overtime to give the Penguins a series-winning 4-3 victory 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 before Washington forces overtime on goals by T.J. Oshie, Justin 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.

Video: WSH@PIT, Gm6: Bonino buries rebound to clinch series


2018: The Winnipeg Jets advance to a conference final for the first time by defeating the Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena. Mark Scheifele scores twice to set a playoff record for road goals in a single series (seven). It's the first time since the Jets enter the NHL as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999 that they win two playoff series.

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