1970 Stanley Cup Final: Bruins vs. Blues
After the 1967 NHL expansion, the “expansion six” teams were placed in a division that automatically meant one of them would reach the Stanley Cup Final each season. In 1970, the St. Louis Blues would reach their third straight Final, going on to face the “Big, Bad” Boston Bruins. The Bruins had not reached the Final since 1958, but went 40-17-19 and finished second in the East division.
They went on to beat the New York Rangers 4-2 and swept the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 to reach the Final. The Blues, on the other hand, went 37-27-12 to win the West division, defeating the Minnesota North Stars 4-2 and Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 to win the West.
In the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final, it was clear who the better team was, with the Bruins winning Games 1-3 by scores of 6-1, 6-2, and 4-1. Game 4 in Boston was the only tightly contested match, with the teams taking a 3-3 tie into overtime.
Bobby Orr went on to score the most famous goal in Bruins history, beating St. Louis goaltender Glenn Hall just as he was tripped by defenseman Noel Picard, raising his arms as he fell and appearing to “fly” through the air.
Orr was award the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after scoring nine goals and 11 assists in the playoffs. Phil Esposito led the team in scoring with 13 goals and 14 assists.