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1969-70

• With 120 points (33 goals and 87 assists), Bobby Orr wins the Art Ross Trophy (scoring title), becoming the first (and to date, only) defenseman to do so. Orr would also win the Hart Trophy (MVP), the Norris Trophy (best defenseman) and the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP).

• For the first time in 23 years, the Montreal Canadiens would miss the playoffs. They were eliminated on the total goals tiebreaker, losing out to the New York Rangers. Under the rules at the time, only the total goals mattered and not goals against. In their last regular season game, they trailed the Chicago Black Hawks, 5-2, midway through the third period. If they scored three more goals, they would win the tiebreak regardless of the game's outcome. So they pulled their goalie with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third period in a frantic effort to score those three goals. They would fail to score another goal, and they allowed five empty-net goals, in losing, 10-2.

• The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 29 years, sweeping the St. Louis Blues in four straight. The series culminated with Bobby Orr's overtime goal in Game 4, in which he is seen flying through the air as the puck goes into the net. He had been tripped by a Blues player's stick. The photo of Orr flying in the air with his arms stretched out is widely considered to be the single most famous image in NHL history.


Boston Bruins


Chicago Black Hawks


Detroit Red Wings


Los Angeles Kings


Minnesota North Stars


Montreal Canadiens


New York Rangers


Oakland Seals


Philadelphia Flyers


Pittsburgh Penguins


St. Louis Blues


Toronto Maple Leafs


1970 All-Star Game
St. Louis, MO