Who Had Assist on Bobby Orr’s Cup-Clinching Goal in 1970?


The finish was one of the most memorable moments in hockey history, but who got it started?

That’s the question from John in Reading, Mass.

Though Bobby Orr was the most famous of all the Bruins, he had some legendary teammates as well. But who was it that sent the pass from behind the net to the blade of Orr’s stick? Was it Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk or Derek Sanderson?

If you think it’s Esposito, text “SOX1” to 542542, if you think it’s Bucyk, text “SOX2” to 542542 or if you think it’s Sanderson text “SOX3” to 542542.

Whoever it was, he won’t be having a statue dedicated to him on Monday, he won’t be the subject of discussion in the Bruins’ locker room, and he won’t be matched up with Cy Young in the third round of Boston’s Biggest Sports Legend. Those things are reserved for Orr, but the game-changing defenseman knows he couldn’t have done it without that assist.

So come on, Bruins fans. On the 40th anniversary of the most famous goals in sports, show the world just how smart you are.

As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 85 percent of fans were correct in choosing Sanderson, while 7 percent picked Esposito and 7 percent picked Bucyk.

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