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On May 10, 1970, Bobby Orr scored one of the most famous goals in hockey history and one that gave Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1941, after a 29 year drought. The puck was shot at the 40-second mark of the first overtime period in the fourth game, helping to complete a sweep of the St. Louis Blues. This very well known photograph by Ray Lussier of Orr flying à la Superman, tripped by Blues’ Noel Picard, with both arms in the air in victory is easily one of the most famous hockey photographs of all time.
”I never would have got the picture if that other photographer didn’t go running off to get a beer,” Lussier has explained jokingly. It is true indeed that he got lucky, as he took the shot while in another photographer’s (gone to get a drink) spot. The stars were aligned for the man from Atkinson, N.H, considering how photographers had to take pictures through cubby-holes cut in the protective glass along the boards and assigned to one of the few insufficent stools scattered around the rink. Thanks to this thirsty journalist, Lussier’s photo is now hanging in the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto and represented as a 600-pound bronze statue outside of TD Garden in Boston.
Interestingly enough, Bobby, number 4 of the Boston Bruins, scored the fourth goal, during the fourth period (overtime), of the fourth game of the 1970 Stanley Cup playoffs.