Monday, May 10, 2010

1970 Stanley Cup Finals

Today in 1970 game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals saw the Boston Bruins sweep the St Louis Blues and win the Cup .

Bobby Orr scored what is arguably the most famous goal in Stanley Cup history in Overtime to bring the Cup to Boston.
The fourth game of the finals was the closest of the four games since Boston had won the first 2 games 6-1 and 6-2, the third game 4-1 and the final game in OT was 4-3.

Phil Esposito led all players with 27 points (13 goals,14 assist)which set a new playoff record for points, but Bobby Orr would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Finals MVP.
On their way to the finals the Bruins swept the regular season champion Chicago BlackHawks in the Eastern Division finals. The Blues beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a close series, 4 games to 2 in the Western Division Finals.

The regular season awards were dominated by Bruins superstar defenseman Bobby Orr, he took home the Art Ross Trophy (a first for a defenseman), the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Norris Trophy as well as leading the league in Plus/Minus rating.

The Calder Trophy for the Rookie of the year and the Vezina for the top goaltender went to the Blackhawks Tony Esposito as he backstopped the Hawks to the leagues best record of 45-22-9, giving up only 170 goals.

The Lady Byng Trophy went to St Louis center Phil Goyette. He career highs with 29 goals, 49 assist for 78 points.
He was soon to be named the first head coach of the expansion New York Islanders, even though he would be replaced midway through the first season after a 6-38-4 start. He would never coach in the NHL again.

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