We all know the Bobby Orr goal – where he receives a pass from behind the net, scores, then gets tripped and flies through the air. This goal was OT and it won a Stanley Cup…in a four game sweep. Let’s take a look at the goal:
Obviously, that was a great goal to win a cup. However, in this writer’s opinion, it is HIGHLY overrated in NHL history. Let’s take a look at some screenshots to see why I think this (and you should too):
First, he receives the pass:
Okay, all is well here. Now let’s see him shoot it.
As you can see, the puck is in the net. Orr is still standing up, engaging with a player from the Blues. Again, the puck is already in the net. After said contact with the other player, this happens:
The Blues player (probably) trips Bobby Orr on purpose. Here, Orr and his teammates are already celebrating while he still has one skate on the ice. Obviously, you get my point – he was on his feet when he scored THEN flew into the air while celebrating. Here’s the shot we always see:
Probably the most famous goal in hockey history all because he got tripped and flew into the air AFTER he scored a goal. Yeah, I’ll get shit for this, but I don’t care – this goal is highly overrated.
Now, let’s take a look at Valtteri Filppula’s goal from game two against Chicago:
What a goal by Fil. Okay, let’s go through the obligatory screenshots showing Fil actually in mid-air while scoring.
This is when Fil cuts to the middle and begins to lose his balance. He still has control of the puck and is about to shoot.
As you can see, Fil is currently in the air, with his hockey stick the only thing in contact with the ice. Let’s see him score, shall we?
Yep. Orr was on the ice while Fil is clearly off the ice. I can safely say that Filppula is better at scoring in mid-air than Bobby Orr. Not saying the goal was bigger, as Orr’s won a Cup (in the fourth game of a sweep ahem) and Fil’s gave the Wings a 4-1 lead, I’m just saying the actual hockey play was far, far more impressive in the Fil goal over the Orr goal.
If you want to give me shit, you know the drill – yell at me on the twitter – @KevinN37 and I’ll respond by making you feel stupid.
(I broke down Fil’s 2008 Stanley Cup game two flying goal over on Octopus Thrower, so go read that if you want to see a similar style goal – even if Fil did only have one skate on the ice while actually shooting on that one)