Bobby Orr’s 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal squares off against Curt Schilling’s bloody sock in the third round of Boston’s Greatest Sports Moment tournament.
1. Bobby Orr scores ‘The Goal’Bobby Orr may have all the characteristics of a red-blooded human being, but the Bruins defenseman looked like an angel of the ice when he flew through the air after scoring “The Goal” to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. In that moment at the Boston Garden, with thousands of Bruins fans watching in anticipation, he was a gift bestowed upon all of Boston by the hockey gods themselves. Indeed, no single NHL moment is frozen in time more than Orr taking flight like Superman. The vision occurred 40 seconds into overtime as Orr put the puck past goaltender Glenn Hall to win Game 4 — and complete the sweep — against the St. Louis Blues. The iconic moment has never thawed. It is perfect.
5. Curt Schilling’s bloody sock performanceCurt Schilling’s debut season with the Red Sox almost had an unhappy ending. But after getting rocked in Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS and seeing the Red Sox fall into a 3-0 hole to the Yankees, Schilling got a chance for redemption. The Red Sox battled back to force a Game 6, team doctors sewed the tendon in Schilling’s injured ankle in place and the veteran right-hander took the mound for Game 6 at Yankee Stadium with a very visible blood stain adorning his right sock. Schilling made good on his promise of “making 55,000 people from New York shut up,” as he went seven innings and struck out four while surrendering only one run on four hits. The Red Sox took the game, 4-2, and went on to win the series in Game 7, becoming the first team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Boston went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, winning the club’s first World Series since 1918 and officially ending the “Curse of the Bambino.”
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