May Days of notable NHL playoff games
You won find the latter in the NHL Guide and record Book, but try the staff photographers list of the old Boston Record American. As Game 4 of the final went to overtime and the Bruins took aim at their first Cup since 1941, Lussier changed from his roomy position near the Zamboni door in the Bruins zone, figuring the money shot would be in the crowded Blues end with other lensmen.
Luckily, the competition had vacated his key rinkside spot for the beer stand according to legend so it was Lussier snapping Orr in mid air directing in Derek Sanderson puck as Noel Picard tripped him. The Cup winning pic came to symbolize the Bruins rise to power and was the template for Orr current statue outside TD Garden.
spectacular goal by a spectacular player, summed up Boston coach Harry Sinden.
Boston Bruins’ Bobby Orr is airborne after scoring the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins, May 10, 1970, against the St. Louis Blues at Boston Garden.
AU REVOIR JEAN
May 18, 1971 This exit by a multi Stanley Cup winner will be hard to top.
Jean Beliveau carried the trophy into the visitors room in Chicago Stadium after a Game 7 win, as the Canadiens franchise scoring leader and as the league all time playoff points holder in his record tying 12th year in the final. From the first Habs player to sign a $100,000 contract in 1953, he retired a few months shy of his 40th birthday, his No. 4 immediately put away by the club.
always believed a public person should retire early rather than too late, Beliveau said. are not in position to do this, but 1971 provided me with the perfect time.
wanted to retire the previous season, but (manager) Sam Pollock asked me to play another year to help the team through a transition to younger players (who would help secure five more Cups in the decade). The Hawks led the final 2 0 and when anglophone coach Al McNeil benched Henri Richard for a Game 5 loss, the latter called him incompetent and even death threats against the coach ensued. The team seemed to be falling apart, but Beliveau said later few words in the room settled things for game 7. He didn get a point, but had one in every Montreal win in the series.
JEAN BELIVEAU’S HOCKEY CAREER ENDS MAY 18, 1971
May 20, 1975
In mentioning the Buffalo Sabres here, it was tempting not to include Rick Jeanneret frantic 1993 Day! overtime goal call against Boston. Except that happened April 24.
So let go with Jim Lorentz bop in Game 3 of the Cup final, which happened in less than a second, yet stayed in fans collective memory for decades.
A haunting mist was already forming at the humid Buffalo Auditorium, when a lone bat began dive bombing the Sabres and Flyers. Lined up at left wing for a faceoff, Lorentz saw it coming and despite the erratic flight path, he brought it down with one high swipe of his stick. It landed dead at the feet of Flyer Rick MacLeish in the centre dot, who took off his glove and dumped the bat at his bench.
It wasn the only spooky moment of the evening. As the intense game dragged on in a rink with no air conditioning, the temperature reached around 30C. The fog intensified so much that timeouts were called for players to skate around to break it up, joined by arena workers, some wearing skates and business suits and waving bed sheets.
Late in the first OT period, Rene Robert scored the 5 4 winner, goalie Bernie Parent claiming he couldn see the puck through the pea soup. It was Buffalo first win of the series and Lorentz wound up being hailed by the locals for his deed, though criticized by some animal rights activists.
The rattled Flyers lost Game 4 as well, but returned to the Aud to win the Cup in another fog bound Game 6. Incredibly, eight years later Lorentz would be present the next time an athlete got in hot water for killing an animal during a game. He was in the Exhibition Stadium crowd the night Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield was charged for beaning a seagull.
CROSSING THE LINE
## ## May 24, 1980
The late Pat Quinn frequent pot shots at officials goes back to this game.
Two New York Islanders goals against his Philadelphia Flyers might have been called back for offside and even retracted if today video technology was in place. At stake was the Cup in Game 6 of the final at Nassau Coliseum.
With the game at 1 1 early, a Clark Gillies drop pass to Butch Goring happened quickly at full speed, but with naked eye evidence the puck was likely back over the blue line as Gillies kept going and Brent Sutter eventually scored.
Then in overtime, John Tonelli bobbled the disc at the line just enough that Bob Nystrom might have taken a step offside before receiving the pass on his 5 4 Cup winning goal. The Flyers had trailed 4 2 in the game and fought back.