Leafs' Orr does THE Orr proud

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

TORONTO - None of Colton Orr’s 10 career goals in 347 games have resembled anything close to his namesake’s most famous play.

But Bobby Orr would have been proud to see the 222-pound Leaf soaring through the air on Tuesday night, deflecting a puck past Panthers’ Scott Clemmensen, in the role of Glenn Hall from the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal. Never mind the Florida Panthers were livid that interference wasn’t called on Orr or that he didn’t know at first that he’d scored.

“Must have hit him in the rear end,” said coach Ron Wilson with a grin. “We have him in there for his offence.”

“Just going to the net, trying to get in front” Orr said with a straight face.

The goal was first credited to centre Tim Brent, before replays showed it glancing off Orr’s skate as he went to the slot and dove in a half-hearted attempt to avoid bumping Clemmensen. But the play underlined Orr’s value to the Leafs, a right winger/enforcer who can skate and take extra shifts as he had to when Colby Armstrong suffered an arm injury early in the first period.

Of Orr’s 10 goals, six have now come with the Leafs in just 90 games. Eight was his single-season career high for the Kamloops Blazers in 2000-01.

“Guys have to step up,” Orr said. “We needed this game (after three straight losses had stalled Toronto’s momentum from a 4-0 start).”

Orr played 6:02, with fourth-line pal Mike Brown getting more than 14 minutes doing his part with Armstrong out. And Orr was smart enough not to accept Darcy Hordichuk’s invitation to fight early in the match, knowing he was getting a rare chance to play a dual role.

“You have to pick your spots in a game like this,” Orr said. “It didn’t make sense at that point.”

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