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Oct. 9, 1968

It turned out that the Bruins dodged a nuclear missile.

Just two days removed from their season-opener at the Garden against Detroit, word came that Bobby Orr’s surgically repaired left knee would not preclude him from playing. Coach Harry Sinden admitted, however, that his gut feeling on whether to keep the leash on Orr would inspire his decision.

One play during training camp prompted Sinden’s sense of caution.

During the two-a-day practices that the Bruins continued to the end of the preseason, Orr came down hard on the knee and was at least somewhat hobbled. Orr admitted feeling it when he did a crash landing, but said the pain quickly vanished.

Orr played in the 4-2 B’s win, earning an assist on Phil Esposito’s first goal of the season.