We continue our journey through time, looking back on some of the most memorable, forgettable and bizarre moments in Boston Bruins history as we head in to the month of April. This week’s edition features a still-standing record-setting win, the birth of a Stanley Cup champion, the team’s final tie, a triple-overtime thriller, a playoff thumping and a special look at April Fool’s Day. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: March 31-April 6.
Which Stanley Cup champion was born on March 31?
On March 31, 1951, the Bruins’ playoff game with Toronto ended in a 1-1 tie in overtime due to local curfew law. It was the second game of the series and after the B’s took Game 1, the Leafs rallied to win the next four and knock Boston out.
On March 31, 1971, the Bruins set a franchise-record for wins, which still stands today. They beat the Canadiens, 6-3, for their 55th victory of the season and finished they year with 57 total – a record that has yet to be broken. The 1970-71 team finished 57-14-7 in the season between their fourth and fifth Stanley Cups.
On March 31, 1973, the team saw its 10-game win streak come to an end with a 7-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. They would go on to finish the year 51-22-5, but lose to the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
On March 31, 1980, Stanley Cup champion, Michael Ryder, was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In three seasons with the Bruins, Ryder scored 63 in 235 games, but none were bigger than his overtime winner in Game 4 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal. His famous glove save in the same series was also a huge factor in the Cup run.
On March 31, 2011, the eventual championship team that Ryder was on lost to the Leafs, 4-3, in their final shootout game of the year. They fell to 43-23-11, but got goals from Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Andrew Ference. Nazem Kadri scored the only goal of the shootout in the second round.
The Bruins have played 23 games all-time on April Fool’s Day, posting a record of just 6-12-5 in those games. Their most recent game and win came last season against the Rangers as they picked up their first victory in six tries on the “holiday.” Their first April Fool’s Day game came on April 1, 1970 in the year they won their fourth Stanley Cup.
On April 1, 1976, the team’s point streak ended at nine games with a 7-2 loss to the Sabres. They would finish the season 48-15-17 and lose to the Flyers in the second round of the playoffs.
On April 1, 1984, the Bruins won their fifth straight, 3-1, at New Jersey to end the regular season with a record of 49-25-6. They were swept by the Habs in the first round, however.
On April 1, 2004, the B’s played to the final tie in their history, 3-3, against the Washington Capitals.
On April 1, 2010, Boston lost its final regulation game of the season in game No. 77. The Panthers beat them, 1-0, but the B’s would get points in their final five games before blowing the 3-0 series lead to the Flyers.
On April 1, 2012, the Bruins played their most recent April Fool’s Day game, beating the Rangers, 2-1. Of course, they would go on to lose to the Caps in overtime of Game 7.