1970 Stanley Cup Finals
|1970 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime|
|Location(s)||St. Louis: St. Louis Arena (1, 2)|
Boston: Boston Garden (3, 4)
|Coaches||St. Louis: Scotty Bowman|
Boston: Harry Sinden
|Captains||St. Louis: Al Arbour|
|Dates||May 3 – May 10|
|MVP||Bobby Orr (Bruins)|
|Series-winning goal||Bobby Orr (0:40, OT, G4)|
The 1970 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1969–70 season, and the culmination of the 1970 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues, who appeared in their third straight finals. The Bruins were making their first appearance in the finals since 1958. The Bruins won the series, four games to none, 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 immediately after scoring the goal — 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 Blues, who had gone to the Finals in their first three years but lost each time in four-game sweeps, did not appear in the Stanley Cup Finals again until 2019, ending the second longest Finals drought in league history.
Paths to the Finals
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 second period of game 1, 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||Recap|
|Johnny Bucyk (6) - 19:45||First period||No scoring|
|Johnny Bucyk (7) - 5:16||Second period||1:52 - Jimmy Roberts (2)|
|Wayne Carleton (2) - 4:59
Johnny Bucyk (8) - 5:31
Derek Sanderson (3) - sh - 17:20
Phil Esposito (12) - 18:58
|Third period||No scoring|
|Gerry Cheevers||Goalie stats||Jacques Plante, Ernie Wakely|
|May 5||Boston Bruins||6–2||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena||Recap|
|Fred Stanfield (4) - pp - 8:10
Ed Westfall (2) - 13:38
Ed Westfall (3) - sh - 19:15
|First period||No scoring|
|Derek Sanderson (4) - pp - 9:37||Second period||17:26 - pp - Terry Gray (2)|
|Derek Sanderson (5) - 00:58
Johnny Bucyk (9) - 15:00
|Third period||4:15 - pp - Frank St. Marseille (5)|
|Gerry Cheevers||Goalie stats||Ernie Wakely|
|May 7||St. Louis Blues||1–4||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Frank St. Marseille (6) - pp - 5:32||First period||13:23 - pp - Johnny Bucyk (10)|
18:23 - John McKenzie (5)
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||3:26 - Wayne Cashman (4)|
14:26 - Wayne Cashman (5)
|Glenn Hall||Goalie stats||Gerry Cheevers|
|May 10||St. Louis Blues||3–4||OT||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Red Berenson (7) - 19:17||First period||5:28 - Rick Smith (1)|
|Gary Sabourin (5) - 3:22||Second period||14:22 - Phil Esposito (13)|
|Larry Keenan (7) - pp - 00:19||Third period||13:28 - Johnny Bucyk (11)|
|No scoring||First overtime period||00:40 - Bobby Orr (9)|
|Glenn Hall||Goalie stats||Gerry Cheevers|
|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.
Boston Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff
- Weston Adams Sr. (Chairman/owner), Weston Adams, Jr. (President/owner)
- Charles Mulcahy Jr. (Vice President – General Council), Ed Powers (Vice President – Treasurer), Shelby Davis (Vice President)
- Harry Sinden (Head Coach), Milt Schmidt (General Manager)
- Tom Johnson (Asst. General Manager), Dan Canney (Trainer)
- John Forristall (Asst. Trainer)
Stanley Cup engravings
- Tom Johnson's name was engraved T. Johnson TR by mistake. Johnson was actually the assistant manager, not the trainer. The mistake was not corrected on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93.
- Ted Green received a head injury in a pre-season game. He missed the entire season, but his name was still engraved on the Stanley Cup. John Adams (goal) and Ivan Boldirev (forward) had their names engraved on the Cup before they played their first NHL game. Boldirev played his first NHL game for Boston during 1970–71 season, Adams played his first NHL game for Boston during the 1972–73 season. Dan Schock played in the minors, but was called up to play one playoff game, earning a spot on the Stanley Cup. Ron Murphy played only 20 regular season games and had officially retired in March, but his name was engraved on the Cup.
- Boston Bruins did not have an official Captain – John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Ed Westfall were Alternate Captains. Bucyk was presented with the Cup because he was the most senior letter-wearer (a scenario that would repeat in 1972).
- After Boston included 3 players who did not play for the team that season, the NHL only allowed players who dressed in the playoffs to be included on the Stanley Cup.
- Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
- Gretz, Adam (May 26, 2019). "PHT Time Machine: Top 1970 Cup Final moments beyond the Orr goal". NBCSports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
- Dupont, Kevin Paul (May 25, 2019). "'It was just an explosion of emotion': NBC announcers recall where they were for Bobby Orr's goal". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
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