If you were getting a little weary during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, when the Bruins and Blackhawks took three overtime periods to settle things, then you weren’t alone. An all-time Bruins great was right there with you.
The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy recently caught up with Bobby Orr, and the Hall of Famer revealed that, at his age, three overtimes is a little too much to take in.
“I was in Vancouver, which was great because the game started at 5 in the afternoon out there,” said Orr. “I stayed up for the first and second overtimes, but then I fell asleep and got up in the middle of the night and checked the sports channel, and the Hawks had gotten that overtime goal.
“I tried. I’m an old man now. We’ve got to get our sleep.”
Fair enough. For the record, the 65-year-old did attend Game 3 at TD Garden in person, and despite representing players on both Chicago and Boston as an agent (and playing for both teams, himself), Orr is making it clear he’s rooting for the Bruins. He also had some high praise for the current group of Boston hockey players.
“The great thing with the Bruins is that they not only have great offensive players, they have tough players,” said Orr. “And when I say ‘tough,’ I’m not talking about fighting. If they have to fight, they will, but I’m talking about body contact and skating to the dirty places. That’s what the Bruins are.
“Anything this team does doesn’t surprise me.”