Beleskey's Bobby Orr Moment

Published on 27-May-2015 by Alan Adamsson
NHL / NHL Daily Review

This one didn't win a Cup, but it could lead to one.

One of the most iconic photos in hockey history -- if not the most iconic photo -- occurred on 10 May 1970.

That was back in the day when the Original Six had just been joined by the First Expanders, and the league opted to make the regular season competitive by placing the expansion teams in their own division.

East West
Boston Bruins Los Angeles Kings
Chicago Blackhawks Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings Oakland Seals
Montréal Canadiens Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs St Louis Blues

Thus, the Original Six's semi-finals ultimately became the de facto Stanley Cup decider.

St Louis emerged from the Expanders for the first three seasons and served as the obligatory tomato can in each of the finals. Regardless, in the last of that run, the greatest hockey player of all time celebrated Boston's Cup-winning formality with a leap that became frozen in time:

Bobby Orr goal celebration 10 May 1970

So it wasn't just the goal. Orr took some serious air for a hockey player. Superman would've been humbled.

No one's gonna confuse Anaheim's Matt Beleskey with the Man of Steel, much less Bobby Orr, who most hockey fans wished had knees of steel.

But in Game 5 of this year's Western Conference finals, Beleskey got a little help from Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and wound up doing a mini-Orr after netting the game winner and securing a 3-2 lead in the series:

Now all he needs is a Cup to go with it.

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