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Playoff Performance - Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky
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Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky

Playoff Performance

By Matthew Awrey
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It took Bobby Orr three years to turn his team around and bring home the most difficult team trophy to win in all of professional sports. He led the Boston Bruins to the Championship two times in three years and brought them to the finals the fourth year. In the eight post seasons that Orr was a part of, he averaged more than one point per game, as a defenseman, and again, as a defenseman, he was the leading play-off point producer with 24 points in fifteen games in the Bruins ‘72 Championship year. There is no question that he was the engine that drove the B’s success. In fact, in the post-Orr era, Boston has yet to see Lord Stanley’s Cup return.

bobby orr brought the stanley cup to the boston bruins two times in three years wayne gretzky made the edmonton oilers into an NHL dynasty in the 1980's
(Credit: Boston Sports Then and Now) (Credit: CBC Sports)



The ramp-up time for Gretzky to put Edmonton on his shoulders and carry the Cup back to Edmonton was a little longer; it took Gretzky four years to get to the Cup finals and five years to win it. However, once Gretzky figured things out, he took Stanley’s Cup back to Edmonton three more times in the next four years. Five years after the fact, playing for the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky put up 22 points in 11 games and stopped Edmonton’s progress. During the Oilers Dynasty, Gretzky was the leading post-season point producer five of six years. He averaged better than 2 points per game in the Edmonton hey-day and never in his 20-season career (16 play-off seasons) did he average less than 1 point per game. In 208 post-season games, Gretzky had 382 points, which for most NHL players is a very respectable career stat line.

Were I a coach heading into a play-off series and I had to choose one player of the two, I think I would have to go with Gretzky. On the flip side, if I was heading into the seventh game, I would be pretty nervous if I was opposing Bobby Orr. Even with Gretzky in my line-up.


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Playoff Performance - Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky
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posted on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:09PM

Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky

Playoff Performance

By Matthew Awrey
 

H2H ROUND-3: Playoff Performance

H2H USER SCORE
View Official Scorecard

It took Bobby Orr three years to turn his team around and bring home the most difficult team trophy to win in all of professional sports. He led the Boston Bruins to the Championship two times in three years and brought them to the finals the fourth year. In the eight post seasons that Orr was a part of, he averaged more than one point per game, as a defenseman, and again, as a defenseman, he was the leading play-off point producer with 24 points in fifteen games in the Bruins ‘72 Championship year. There is no question that he was the engine that drove the B’s success. In fact, in the post-Orr era, Boston has yet to see Lord Stanley’s Cup return.

bobby orr brought the stanley cup to the boston bruins two times in three years wayne gretzky made the edmonton oilers into an NHL dynasty in the 1980's
(Credit: Boston Sports Then and Now) (Credit: CBC Sports)



The ramp-up time for Gretzky to put Edmonton on his shoulders and carry the Cup back to Edmonton was a little longer; it took Gretzky four years to get to the Cup finals and five years to win it. However, once Gretzky figured things out, he took Stanley’s Cup back to Edmonton three more times in the next four years. Five years after the fact, playing for the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky put up 22 points in 11 games and stopped Edmonton’s progress. During the Oilers Dynasty, Gretzky was the leading post-season point producer five of six years. He averaged better than 2 points per game in the Edmonton hey-day and never in his 20-season career (16 play-off seasons) did he average less than 1 point per game. In 208 post-season games, Gretzky had 382 points, which for most NHL players is a very respectable career stat line.

Were I a coach heading into a play-off series and I had to choose one player of the two, I think I would have to go with Gretzky. On the flip side, if I was heading into the seventh game, I would be pretty nervous if I was opposing Bobby Orr. Even with Gretzky in my line-up.


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7 Comments So Far …

  1. JJ JJ says:
    Although Gretzky had the numbers, it doesn't seem that he was ever the sharpest knife in the drawer...and you think Gretzky was was more instrumental to his team than Orr because of his brains?

  2. Matt Awry Matt Awry says:
    JJ... Perhaps I should have clarified my statement by referring to hockey sense...or hockey IQ... I am pretty sure neither Gretzky nor Orr were Rhode Scholars...

  3. Wayne Newton Wayne Newton says:
    I love Gretzky, He was a great offensive machine, But what Orr did in his short time in the NHL was beyond great. The most telling stat-+597 in 657 games. Gretz is +518 in 1,487 games and had multiple 200 point seasons (which by the way he still couldn't top Orr's +124 for a season).

  4. ben ben says:
    I've got to go with Gretzky. FIrst of all just look at his stats. He's the only person to get pass 2000 points. He has more assists than anyone else has points. And he has the most goals than anybody else. In 1400 games, he got 2800 points (approximately). Thats double. Bobby Orr only has a third more points than he does have points. Gretzky's the only one who got past the 200 point mark in a single season. And he even did that 4 times. Then everybody talks about the different positions they play. But if you watch Gretzky's games, for half of the time he's on the ice, he switches places with the defencmen. Now thats amazing. So in the end, I have got to give Gretzky the brighter light.

  5. Halia Halia says:
    Gretzky was a master at intercepting passes, knocking down pucks, and stick checking...he was really great at causing turnovers in the neutral zone..You don't put up those kind of numbers without knowing what to do when you don't have the puck...no one could see the game like gretzky...

  6. Lon Caselton Lon Caselton says:
    If you have any questions about who was the Greatest ever, all you need to do is watch "Above and Beyond". It tells the whole story of Gretzky and his significance to not only Hockey but his accomplishments compared to other sports. He did more for the game than anyone. Retired since 99 (figures) still holds about over 50 records. Think about that.

  7. Cape Cod Paulie Cape Cod Paulie says:
    Bobby Orr was the most incredible, complete and unearthly player the NHL has ever known. In fact, he may be the greatest professional athlete of all time. Gretzky was superb but was not a complete player. Orr was multi-dimensional and tough ... Gretzky was only a scorer. Bobby Orr is the greateast hockey player of all-time. BTW, Gordie Howe is #2.

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