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This Day In Hockey History-May 10, 1970-Bobby Orr’s Flying Overtime Goal Gives Boston Stanley Cup Win

Bruins Complete 4-Game Sweep of St. Louis, 4-3

Bruins' Tenth Straight Playoff Win; First Stanley Cup in 29 Years.

BOSTON (AP) – 's goal after just 40 seconds of overtime gave Boston its first Stanley Cup in 29 years Sunday as the Bruins defeated St. Louis 4-3, completing a four-game sweep of the Blues.

A capacity Boston Garden crowd of 14.835 exploded as Orr beat Blues' goalie Glenn Hall from up close, bringing the Bruins the cup for the first time since 1941.

It was the 10th straight National Hockey League playoff victory this season for the Bruins, and one of their toughest. They had to battle from behind twice to tie the score against the inspired Blues.

St. Louis, desperately trying to avoid a third straight sweep out of the final round, checked the Bruins tenaciously in the nationally televised game and led them 3-2 with less than six minutes left in regulation time.

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions

But the Bruins, determined to win the cup on their home ice, pressured Hall continuously until veteran Johnny Bucyk, who celebrates his 35th birthday Monday, deflected a shot in for the tying goal with 5:32 left in regulation time.

Then, with the crowd in a frenzy, the Bruins took the opening faceoff of the overtime into St. Louis ice and never let the puck back over their blue line.

First Derek Sanderson shot wide but Boston controlled the rebound and Orr grabbed the puck at the right boards and skated in on Hall. He took a tremendous check that sent him flying through the air in front of the net but still managed to nudge the puck home.

Boston Bruins Bobby Orr wins the Stanley Cup with his flying goal

That set off a spectacular celebration climaxed by the presentation of the cup by NHL president Clarence Campbell to Bucyk, the 15-year veteran and assistant captain of the Bruins. Bucyk skated happily around the ice with the cup held high in his arms.

Sanderson, Boston's hard-styled center, was the architect on the Bruin's opening goal which was scored by defenseman Rick Smith.

Twice Sanderson sweep checked, kept the puck in the Blue's zone and the second time Smith grabbed it and fired a rising shot that gave Boston a 14 first-period lead.

Red Berenson evened it for St. Louis with just 43 seconds left in the opening period and then the Blues took the lead on Gary Sa-bourin's goal early in the second period. Phil Esposito tied it for Boston with his record 13th goal of the playoffs midway through the second period. It was his 27th point, also a record. That tie lasted only 19 seconds into the third period.

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions

The Blues buzzed Gerry Cheevers and the Boston goalie was sprawled after a save when Larry Keenan flipped the rebound over him for a 3-2 St. Louis lead

The Blues fell back into a defensive stance after that, trying to protect the edge and hold the Bruins off to force a fifth game. But Boston was having none of that and the Bruin's perseverance paid off in Bucyk's, goal to force the overtime.

The final round victory was worth $3,000 per man to the Bruins, added to the $4,500 each of them had earned for earlier victories over, New York and Chicago.

The Blues got $1,500 each as losers in the final after reaching the championship round with earlier victories over Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions

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