Bruins players tap the phrase that has united the city in the last week.
Sometimes history takes decades and decades to create and sometimes it happens in the blink of an eye or in a 12-second span. The tragic and unfortunate events that hit Boston last week will undoubtedly be forever etched into the history of the city, but they won’t be remembered as its darkest times. Instead, the people of Boston and the world will remember the completely selfless actions of strangers running into danger as well as the unrelenting work done by our law enforcement agencies. Let’s now jump forward to this week in Bruins history, which features a record-setting achievement for one of the best ever, an interesting comment from a rival GM, a pair of overtime thrillers to stun the Canadiens and coach’s birthday. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: April 21-27.
Fans at TD Garden this past week.
On April 21, 1970, the Bruins beat the Black Hawks, 4-1, in Game 2 of the NHL Semi Finals. This was their third of 10 straight wins and they went on to win the Cup.
On April 21, 1974, they beat Chicago with an 8-6 victory in Game 2 of the semis to tie things up at a game apiece. The B’s would go on to win the series in six, but would lose to the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals.
On April 21, 1991, Ray Bourque picked up two assists in the team’s 3-2 win over the Canadiens. With the two helpers, Bourque passed Phil Esposito as the franchise’s new all-time leader in postseason assists with 103.
On April 21, 2010, the Bruins beat the Sabres, 3-2, in double overtime in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Former Sabre, Miroslav Satan, scored the game-winner on the power play 7:41 into the second overtime.
On April 21, 2011, Michael Ryder
won Game 4 of the Bruins’ first-round series against the Habs with a goal at 1:59 of overtime. Ryder had three points on the night and helped the Bruins come back from 3-1 down in the second period. The goal tied the series at two and of course, the Bruins would go on to win it in seven.
On April 22, 1979, the Bruins swept the Penguins
with a 4-1 win in Game 4 of their first-round series. They had finished the season 43-23-14, but were eliminated by an overtime goal in Game 7 against Montreal in the next round.
On April 22, 1980, Boston was eliminated in Game 5 of the second round of the playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the Islanders. It was the final game for coach Harry Sinden and he finished his coaching career with a record of 153-116-58.
On April 22, 1999, the Bruins opened the playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Hurricanes as Ken Belanger and Rob Dimaio scored goals. Byron Dafoe posted the shutout and the B’s would win the series in six after falling behind, 2-1, but they lost to the Sabres in the next round.
On April 22, 2009, the Bruins completed a four-game sweep of the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-1 win in Game 4. Ryder had two goals and an assist for Boston.
On April 22, 2012, Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal 3:17 into overtime to force Game 7 of Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Capitals. It was Seguin’s first goal of the playoffs and it came from Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Five Bruins had multi-point afternoons in this one, including Seguin, Lucic, Krejci, Andrew Ference and Rich Peverley.
Tyler Seguin forced Game 7 with this goal.
On April 23, 1960, Claude Julien was born in Blind River, Ontario. In six seasons as head coach of the Bruins, Julien has won 254 games, which is good for the second-most in team history and, of course, he led his team to a Stanley Cup championship. As an NHL coach, Julien’s teams have gotten points in 60 percent of his games, which is the 17th-best all-time among coaches.
On April 23, 1982, the Bruins beat the Nordiques, 6-5, in overtime of Game 6 of their second-round series with their first win since Game 2. They would drop Game 7, however.
On April 23, 1989, Cam Neely and Michael Thelven combined to score the fastest pair of goals in Boston playoff history as they lit the lamp just seven seconds apart in the second period of their 3-2 win over Montreal in Game 4 – their only win of their second-round playoff series.
On April 23, 1995, they won their fourth straight game, 5-4, against the Rangers to improve to 23-16-3 on the season. Neely had a hat trick in the game, but this team failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.
On April 23, 2011, Nathan Horton scored at 9:03 of the second overtime as the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 5-4, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. It was the 12th-longest game ever played in Bruins’ history and it prompted Montreal’s Max Pacioretty to tweet that “this game was longer than Marchand’s nose.”