This Day in Bruins History: Orr Wins Scoring Title

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

On this day in Bruins history, April 5th, 1970, defenseman Bobby Orr records a lone assist in the B’s 3-1 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at the Boston Garden, ending the regular season with 120 points (33 goals, 87 assists).

That final point, in his final game of the regular season, gives Orr the scoring title for the year and he becomes the first ever D-man in NHL history to win the respected Art Ross Trophy.

But that isn’t the only incredible accolade Orr adds to his already stocked trophy case ahead of hockey’s second season in the Spring of 1970.

No. 4 takes home hardware for being the best defenseman in the NHL that year (the Norris Trophy) AND the league’s “most valuable player” award (the Hart Trophy).

Orr’s 120 points in 76 games proves to be a precursor to even greater success in the ’69-’70 playoffs. He leads the B’s to their first Stanley Cup victory since 1941, racking up another individual accolade in the process: the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

His final point of those near-perfect playoffs: the most “iconic goal in all of hockey history,” as quoted by the NHL’s Top 100 campaign (and as seen and celebrated below):

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