This Week In Boston Bruins History: April 28-May 4
On April 28, 1947, winger, Grant Erickson, was born in Pierceland, Saskatchewan. He played just six NHL games over two seasons and two of them came with the Bruins in 1968-69. He managed to score one goal in his limited time in Boston.
On April 28, 1969, Ted Donato was born in Boston. He played the first seven and a half seasons of his NHL career with the Bruins before playing for seven different teams in his final five-plus years. He then returned to Boston for his final season in 2003-04. Donato scored 150 goals and added 197 assists in his career.
On April 28, 1977, the B’s won their fourth straight playoff game with a 2-1 defeat of the Flyers in Game 3 of their second-round series. Boston would sweep, but lose to the Canadiens in the following round.
On April 28, 1983, the Bruins beat the Islanders, 4-1, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series. New York would go on to take the series in seven, however.
On April 28, 1986, Krejci was born in Sternberk, Czechoslovakia. In 424 games as a member of the Bruins, Krejci has scored 91 goals and added 218 assists while being a key component in Boston’s 2011 run to the Cup.
On April 29, 1937, Jean Gauthier was born in Montreal, Quebec. In just one season with the Bruins in 1968-69 after playing his first six with the Canadiens, Gauthier played in just 11 games and registered two of his 29 career assists.
On April 29, 1976, the B’s lost the first of four straight games to be eliminated from the playoffs by the Flyers. They dropped the series, 4-1, in the second round of the playoffs.
On April 29, 1991, the Bruins eliminated the Canadiens with a 4-3 series win in Game 7 to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
On April 29, 1994, the Bruins beat the Habs, 5-3, in Game 7 of their first-round series to advance and take on the Devils in the next round. Donato had a goal for Boston.
On April 30, 1929, Fleming MacKell was born in Montreal Quebec. The centerman played 13 NHL seasons, nine of which came as a member of the Bruins between 1952-60. During that time, he scored 124 goals and added 169 assists.
On April 30, 1934, Don McKenney was born in Smith Falls, Ontario. The center played the first eight and a half years of his career in Boston before moving on to the Rangers in 1963. He scored 237 career goals and added 345 assists.
On April 30, 1974, the Bruins beat the Black Hawks, 4-2, for their third straight win to clinch their first-round playoff series in six games. They would lose to the Flyers in the next round, however.
On April 30, 1983, Aaron Johnson was born in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. Johnson has played for six different teams in his eight NHL seasons and scored 17 goals. For Boston this year, he has played in 10 games and not recorded a point.
On April 30, 2011, Krejci scored twice and had two assists as the Bruins dominated the Flyers, 7-3, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series. Krejci’s four points were the most by a Bruin in a road playoff game since Ken Linseman also had two goals and two assists on May 6, 1988 in a win in Game 3 of the Conference Finals over New Jersey.
On May 1, 1971, the team acquired Bob Leiter from the Penguins for cash. In five seasons with Boston from 1962-69, Leiter scored 20 goals and had 28 assists though he only played 10 games between 1965-69. He finished his career with 98 goals.
On May 1, 1979, the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 2-1, in Game 3 of their second-round series. Montreal would end up winning it in seven, however.
On May 1, 1992, the B’s took care of the Sabres, 3-2, to win their first-round series in Game 7. They would, however, get swept by the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
On May 2, 1972, the eventual Stanley Cup champs won their ninth straight playoff game with a 2-1 win over the Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. They would win the series in six.
On May 2, 1978, the Bruins opened their second-round playoff series against the Flyers with a 3-2 win at home. They would win the series in five, but fall to the Canadiens in the next round.
On May 2, 1988, the team beat the Devils, 5-3, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as five different B’s scored. They took a 1-0 lead and would win the series, but lose in the Stanley Cup Finals.
On May 2, 2011, the B’s beat the Flyers, 3-2, in overtime in Game 2 of their semi-final series. Krejci (4) put in the game-winner from Nathan Horton at 14:00 of overtime. Boston overcame a 2-0 deficit to win it.
On May 3, 1979, Jean Rattelle logged another Bruins playoff hatty as his overtime goal-his third of the game-gave the B’s a 4-3 win in Game 4 of their second-round series against the Habs.
On May 3, 1991, Cam Neely became the franchise’s all-time leading playoff scorer when he scored an overtime goal in the team’s Conference Finals series against the Penguins. The goal gave Boston a 5-4 win in Game 2 though they would lose the next for to lose the series in six games.
On May 3, 1994, the Bruins beat the Devils, 6-5, in overtime in Game 2 of their Conference Semi-Finals series. Again, they would lose the next four, however.
On May 4, 1944, Fred Stanfield was born in Toronto, Ontario. The forward played 14 NHL seasons and six years with the Bruins, including winning championships in both 1970 and 1972. He scored 211 goals in 914 games.
On May 4, 1972, the Rangers got the better of the Bruins for the first time in their Stanley Cup Finals series, beating the Black and Gold, 5-2, to cut their deficit in the series to 2-1.
On May 4, 1980, Andrew Raycroft was born in Belleville, Ontario. In five years with the team from 2000-06, he went 43-46-12 in 108 games.
On May 4, 1988, the Bruins lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 3-2, to the Devils in overtime as New jersey evened things up at a game apiece. Boston would win the series, however.
On May 4, 2011, the B’s beat the Flyers, 5-1, for the first of two straight times in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series. They scored twice in the first 1:03 of the game with Zdeno Chara scoring his first of the playoffs just 30 seconds in and Krejci netting his fifth 33 seconds later. Chara finished the game with two goals and an assist and Krejci ended up with a goal and two assists as the Bruins took a 3-0 series lead and never looked back.
The history sure is looking thin this time of year. Only some of the great teams were still playing once the real New England spring begun. Look out for a possibly abbreviated new edition of Bruins history a week from today.
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