On This Date 1/4/1973

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Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins sets a new career record for goals by an NHL defenseman as he beats Jacques Caron of the St. Louis Blues late in the second period during a 4-2 loss on the road. Bobby Orr’s record 163rd goal comes in his 428th game. Red Kelly, who held the record with 162 goals, played 846 games in his career. Orr would finish his career with 270 goals in 657 career games.

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