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This Week In Boston Bruins History: April 7-13

Believe it or not, they were still playing hockey this time of year in the ’30s and in one particular year, the Bruins were enjoying a run to a championship. Also featured in this week’s turning back of time are the final games for a number of coaches, including Claude Julien‘s predecessor, a record-setting loss, a double-digit playoff win streak, one now-enemy’s glorious final game and, of course, a multitude of playoff defeats at the hands of the Canadiens. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: April 7-13.

April 7:

On April 7, 1984, the Bruins lost, 5-0, to the Canadiens in Game 3 of their first-round series to be swept, three-games-to-none.

On April 7, 1995, they acquired veteran goaltender, Craig Billington, from the Senators in exchange for a ’95 eighth-round pick that turned out to be Ray Schultz.

On April 7, 2001, Mike Keenan coached his final game in a 4-2 loss against the Islanders.

On April 7, 2007, Dave Lewis coached his final game for the Bruins – a 6-3 loss to Ottawa. The team lost six straight games to end the season as well as Lewis’ tenure with the team and finished the year with a 35-41-6 record.

On April 7, 2012, the Bruins won their regular-season finale, 4-3, in a shootout over the Sabres. Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal of the shootout and Tyler Seguin had two in regulation.

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This Week In Boston Bruins History: March 24-30

Tomas Kaberle did something on March that he only did once.

Tomas Kaberle did something on March 24 that he only did once.

For the first time, This Week In Boston Bruins History will look back on some of the great Boston playoff runs before the NHL started playing right on through April. Also featured are a milestone for one of the all-time greats, some milestone victories, a double-digit win streak, a few instances of matching up against the Canadiens in the playoffs, the final game for one coaching great and, most importantly, the team’s first Stanley Cup championship. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History.

March 24:

On March 24, 1938, the Bruins lost, 1-0, in two overtimes against the Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. They would go on to get swept, 3-0.

On March 24, 1963, the B’s completed their season on a nine-game winless streak. In the season finale, they lost, 4-3, to the Black Hawks. The team finished the season with a 14-39-17 record and just 45 points.

On March 24, 1968, the Bruins played their first 71st game of the season as the season length had previously been 70 games. They would fall to the Red Wings in Detroit by a score of 5-3.

On March 24, 2006, the team signed longtime forward, P.J. Axelsson to a three-year contract extension. In 11 NHL seasons (all with the B’s), Axelsson scored 103 goals in 797 games and added 184 assists. He ranks 10th all-time in franchise history in games played.

On March 24, 2011, rental, Tomas Kaberle, scored his only goal as a member of the Bruins in a 7-0 win over the Habs. Kaberle would help the team to win their sixth Stanley Cup during his half-season in Boston.

March 25:

On March 25, 1937, the B’s beat the old Montreal Maroons, 4-0, in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs. They would go on to lose the series, 2-1, in three games, however, and finished the season at 23-18-7.

On March 25, 1950, they would lose, 8-0, to the Leafs in their second-to-last game of the season and fall to 22-32-16 on the year. It was their worst loss of the season in George Boucher’s only year as coach.

On March 25, 1954, the Bruins lost to the Canadiens, 8-1, in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. They would be swept, four-games-to-none, in the series and get outscored, 16-4, in the span.

On March 25, 1973, Phil Esposito scored his 50th goal of the season in a 6-1 win over the Sabres. Esposito is second in the team’s history with 459 career goals.

On March 25, 1982, Barry Pederson became just the fifth rookie to ever score 40 goals in a season as he picked up No. 40 in the team’s 75th game of the year – a 5-1 win over Buffalo.

Barry Pederson had one of the best rookie seasons in team history.

Barry Pederson had one of the best rookie seasons in team history.

March 26:

On March 26, 1927, the Bruins won their regular-season finale, 4-3, against the Rangers in overtime before making their first postseason appearance in their third season. They would lose to the Senators in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On March 26, 1942, they beat the Black Hawks, 3-2, to advance to the NHL semi-finals where they were eliminated by the Red Wings in two games.

On March 26, 1950, Boucher coached his final game with the team in a 3-3 tie against the Maple Leafs. The team finished the season 22-32-16 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1943-44.

On March 26, 1983 the Bruins scored seven goals in consecutive games with a 7-4 win over the Whalers. They would finish the season 49-18-9, but go on to lose to the Islanders in the Conference Finals.

On March 26, 2002, the B’s beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, to improve to 41-21-5-7. Goals were scored by Sergei Samsonov, Brian Rolston and Glen Murray. Boston would lose to Montreal in six games in the first round of the playoffs.

March 27:

On March 27, 1952, the team lost to the Canadiens, 4-0, in the first round of the playoffs to go down 0-2 in the series. They were outscored, 9-1, in the first two games and wound up losing in seven after picking up wins in Games 3, 4 and 5.

On March 27, 1974, the B’s won their 50th game of the season – something they have done just eight times in their history with the last time being in 2008-09. They beat the Rangers, 3-2, to improve to 50-14-9 on the year, but would lose to the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On March 27, 1982, the Bruins began a three-game stretch in which they allowed six or more goals in each, losing all three. They fell, 6-5, to the North Stars in this one before going down, 9-5, and 8-5 in their next two. Despite the skid, they still finished 43-27-10 under Gerry Cheevers, but lost to the Nordiques in the division finals.

On March 27, 1997, Ray Bourque recorded his 1,000th career NHL assist in a 6-3 loss to the Islanders. He became the fifth to ever do it and the first to have accomplished the feat with just one team.

On March 27, 2007, the Bruins won their only game in a 12-game stretch to end the year, beating the Senators, 3-2. They would lose 11 of their final 12 games and finish the season at 35-41-6.

Ray Bourque recorded his 1,00th NHL assist on March

Ray Bourque recorded his 1,00th NHL assist on March 27, 1997.

March 28:

On March 28, 1946, the team beat the Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime to clinch their semi-final series with their third straight win and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they would, again, fall to the Canadiens in five games.

On March 28, 1972, the Bruins lost just their 11th game of the season with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Red Wings in the 75th game for them. They would finish the season 54-13-11 on their way to winning their fifth Stanley Cup.

On March 28, 1973, the B’s won their 10th straight game, handling the Rangers, 6-3, in New York. They would win 50 games for the third consecutive year, finishing at 51-22-5, but lost to the same Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The team also had win streaks of five (twice), six and eight games that season.

On March 28, 1979, the Bruins lost, 9-2, to the Sabres in what was tied for their most lopsided loss of the season. It was also tied for the most goals they allowed on the year and the team would go on to lose, 5-4, to the Canadiens in overtime of Game 7 of the NHL semi-finals.

On March 28, 2009, the B’s beat the Maple Leafs, 7-5, in the second of six straight wins for them. They improved to 30 games over .500 at 47-17-10 with the win. Matt Hunwick and Dennis Wideman each had three points for Boston while Boyd Devereaux was minus-3 for Toronto.

March 29:

On March 29, 1929, the Bruins defeated the Rangers, 2-1, to win their first Stanley Cup championship. The team went 5-0 in the playoffs, sweeping both the Canadiens and Rangers and won each of their final nine games dating back to the regular season. Cy Denneny led the team to a division-best 26-13-5 record and Tiny Thompson played every game in net for the team. Eddie Shore was third on the team with 12 goals and Dit Clapper and Lionel Hitchman were also on the first championship team.

On March 29, 1941, the Bruins would lose for the last time in the playoffs with a Game 5 setback against the Leafs. They would come back to win the series, 4-3, and then sweep the Cup Finals over the Leafs culminating with their sixth straight win to claim their second championship in three years.

On March 29, 1969, the B’s played their first 75th regular-season game in a 5-3 loss to the Canadiens.

On March 29, 2008, they won their 40th game of the season in Game No. 78, improving to 40-28-11 with a 4-0 win over the Senators. Four different Bruins scored in the game, but, again, the team would go on to lose to the Habs in the first round of the playoffs.

On March 29, 2011, Boston beat Chicago, 3-0, as nine different players registered points in the contest for the eventual champs. They improved to 43-23-10 with the win.

The 1929 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

The 1929 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

March 30:

On March 30, 1933, the Bruins beat the Leafs in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs in the third straight overtime game played in the series. They won the game, 2-1, to take a 2-1 series lead, but would lose the next two, ending their season with a three-games-to-two first-round playoff loss.

On March 30, 1949, Clapper coached his final game for the Bruins as they were eliminated from the playoffs with a 3-2 loss to Toronto.

On March 30, 1969, the team beat the Habs, 6-3, in their regular-season finale. In the process, they became the first NHL team to ever score 300 goals in a single season as they finished with 303 on the year. They wound up 42-18-16, but would obviously lose to Montreal in the second round of the playoffs.

On March 30, 1993, the B’s started an eight-game winning streak in their final eight games of the regular season with a 3-1 win over the Hartford Whalers. Bourque and Cam Neely each scored goals in the game. The team finished up at 51-26-7, but were swept by the Sabres in the first round of the playoffs.

On March 30, 2004, the Bruins won their 40th game of the season, 3-2, over the Hurricanes. They improved to 40-18-15, but, if you have not picked up on the pattern yet, they lost to the Canadiens in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. They blew a 3-1 series lead to the seventh-seeded Habs and lost in seven.

Sorry about all the playoff losses to the Canadiens. Not a good time of year to be playing them apparently. Hopefully, this Wednesday will yield a better outcome and it seems pretty much impossible that the teams will match up in the first round of the playoffs this year. Look out a week from today for history from March 31 through April 6 with a special look at April Fool’s Day events.


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This Week In Boston Bruins History: March 17-23

Tyler Seguin sporing his green jersey prior to the Bruins' game on Saturday.

Tyler Seguin sporting his green jersey prior to the Bruins’ game on Saturday.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston and that means two things: the parade in Southie and Bruins hockey. The B’s have played many games on March 17 in the past, but don’t have an overly impressive record for a team that plays in the same city that the Dropkick Murphy’s are from.

This week’s reliving of history will take a look back at some of the most memorable events of St. Patrick’s Day for the Bruins. It also features the anniversary of the last game for not one, but two, of the greatest Bruins coaches of all-time (as well as two others) and the births of more than one Bruin we’re all familiar with, including one that there is a statue outside The Garden for. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: March 17-23.

St. Patrick’s Day: The Bruins have played 31 games on St. Patrick’s Day in their history and have a 16-13-2 record to show for it. Their most recent St. Patty’s day game (before their 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday) was a Saturday matinee at The Garden last season in which they beat the Flyers, 3-2, in a shootout. All three Bruins scored in the shootout with the winner coming from Patrice Bergeron in the third round.

The team also played 12 games against the Toronto St. Patricks franchise in the two years that the teams were in the league at the same time before they became the Maple Leafs for good. In those two years, the B’s posted a record of 7-5, including going 6-0 in 1924-25, with the first meeting coming on Dec. 3, 1924 and the final coming on Feb. 21, 1926. Boston won the first, 5-3, and lost the last, 2-1, in overtime.

Lynn Patrick was coach of the Bruins from 1950-55. In 310 games, he posted a record of 108-130-63 with his best finish being third in the league in 1952-53. The Bruins have also had a total of six Patricks play for them with the most recent being Patrick Leahy in 2005-06. The other five were Pat Egan, Pat McReavy, Patrick Riggin, Pat Stapleton and Patrick Traverse.

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This Week In Boston Bruins History: Feb. 24-March 2

This week’s Bruins history takes a look back on hockey history in Boston, focusing on some big trades, milestone victories and a few important birthdays with a special look at how the B’s have fared on games played on the extra day – Feb. 29. This is This Week in Boston Bruins History: Feb. 24-March 2.

Feb. 24:

On Feb. 24, 1934, the Bruins lost, 9-4, to the Senators in Ottawa. The nine goals allowed tied their season high for the 1933-34 season with their 9-2 loss to the same Sens on Jan. 4.

On Feb. 24, 1962, they fell to the Maple Leafs, 7-2, in Toronto in the 13th game of a 20-game winless streak. They would go on to finish the season with a record of just 15-47-8.

On Feb. 24, 1973, the B’s won their 40th game of the year, 7-5, over the Kings in Los Angeles. With their fourth straight win, they improved to 40-17-5.

On Feb. 24, 1980, Boston beat the expansion Oilers, 4-2, for the fourth straight time in their first season. They would beat them in the first meeting the following year as well before finally losing to them in their sixth meeting in January 1981.

On Feb. 24, 2004, the team played to the final 0-0 tie in their history. It came against the Islanders in the first of three consecutive overtime games for them. Felix Potvin made 33 saves for the Black and Gold.

Felix Potvin posted a record in

Felix Potvin posted a 12-8-6 record for the B’s in 2004.

Feb. 25:

On Feb. 25, 1939, the Bruins finally lost their 10th game of the season, 1-0, to the Leafs in their 40th game. They would go on to win their second Stanley Cup. The Canadiens lost their 10th game of the year on Dec. 15 – to the Bruins.

On Feb. 25, 1962, the B’s allowed six or more goals for the 18th and final time of the 1961-62 season in an 8-0 loss to the Black Hawks. They would finish last in the NHL with 306 goals allowed on the season.

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This Week In Boston Bruins History: Feb. 17-23

Phil Esposito will celebrate his 71st birthday on Feb. 20 and he has celebrated some pretty big achievements on it in the past.

Phil Esposito will celebrate his 71st birthday on Feb. 20 and he has celebrated some pretty big achievements on it in the past.

As will be the case in most weeks with a team with as much history as the Bruins, this week’s is no exceptions when it comes to firsts, lasts or incredible feats. This edition of This Week In Boston Bruins History features the birth and accomplishments of a legend, the parting of ways with a now-enemy, the return of another legend in a different uniform and the final go-around with those Oakland Seals among much more. Feb. 20, in particular, has been a huge day and it might be hard to believe that what has happened on that date could really happen.

Also, in honor of Presidents Day being today, my research shows that there have been 30 players with presidential last names to ever lace them up for the Bruins. The most common name of the bunch has been Jackson with five followed by four Wilson’s and four Taylor’s. Dougie Hamilton and Aaron Johnson are two members of the current team with a presidential last name. Here is the extremely improvised full list:

The list of Bruins with presidential last names.

The list of Bruins with presidential last names.

Feb. 17:

On Feb. 17, 1929, the B’s beat the then-two-word Black Hawks, 3-0, in a game played in Fort Erie, Ontario. The Bruins would go on to win their first Stanley Cup at the end of the year with a 2-0 series win over the Rangers.

On Feb. 17, 1931, they beat the New York Americans, 2-1, in overtime to improve to 23-7-4 with their sixth straight win.

On Feb. 17, 1955, the Bruins played their only game in a seven-game stretch that did not result in a tie. The 10-2 loss at Chicago was sandwiched directly in between six ties.

On Feb. 17, 1970, they played their final game against the short-lived Oakland Seals before they became the California Golden Seals. The game ended in a 3-3 tie and three months later, the B’s won their fourth Stanley Cup.

On Feb. 17, 1993, the Bruins won the 2,100th game in their franchise history. The opponent? None other than the Canadiens. Dave Reid and C.J. Young each scored a pair of goals in the 5-2 win at Montreal.

Feb. 18: 

On Feb. 18, 1951, the Bruins beat the Black Hawks, 7-3, in their first game in a week.

On Feb. 18, 1953, the team began a winless seven-game road trip that was sandwiched between two home wins. They lost, 4-2, to the New York Rangers and went 0-5-2 on the roady to fall to 22-26-12 on the year.

On Feb. 18, 1981, the B’s acquired forward Mike Gillis from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Bob MIller. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Gillis is the current general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. You know, the one who hates Brad Marchand.

On Feb. 18, 2011, the Bruins acquired defenseman Thomas Kaberle from the Maple Leafs for Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick that turned out to be Rickard Rakell and a 2012 conditional second-round pick. On the same day, they acquired Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik from the Atlanta Thrashers for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. Both Kaberle and Peverley were instrumental in the team’s first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.

Also on Feb. 18, 2011, the B’s beat the Senators, 4-2, to improve to 33-19-7. Dennis Seidenberg scored his second game-winning goal of the year at 15:20 of the third period and Marchand added some insurance 32 seconds later.

Rich Peverley was acquired by the Bruins on and helped them go on to win the Stanley Cup.

Rich Peverley was acquired by the Bruins on Feb. 18, 2011 and helped them to go on to win the Stanley Cup.

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This Week In Boston Bruins History: Feb. 10-16

Do you remember when Andrew Ference was acquired? Now you know.

Do you remember when Andrew Ference was acquired? Now you know.

Yes, in February, 2013, the Bruins are off to their best start ever and riding a three-game winning streak. But, that’s not all this franchise has to offer. Over the last 89 years, the Boston Bruins have been one of the greatest franchises in the NHL and woven quite a history.

This weekly piece will take a look back at some of their most significant wins, acquisitions, coaching changes and a whole lot more. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: Feb. 10-16.

Feb. 10:

On Feb. 10, 1942 the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens, 8-1, to improve to 21-11 on the year. Roy Conacher led the team in goals with 24 in the 48-game season. They would go on to finish third in the NHL out of the original six with a second-round playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

On Feb. 10, 1951, the B’s would beat the Canadiens, 6-0, to improve to 17-22-13. The win snapped a five-game winless streak. The local boys would finish fourth in the league again and suffered a first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Maple Leafs after losing four straight when the calendar turned to April.

On Feb. 10, 1972, they beat the Vancouver Canucks, 9-1, at the old Boston Garden. It was the 38th win of the year for the eventual Stanley Cup champions, who lost just 13 games the entire season. If nothing else, it’s always nice to beat Vancouver.

On Feb. 10, 1985, Gerry Cheevers coached his final game for the Bruins in a 4-3 loss at Chicago. Boston fell to 25-24, but that record wasn’t good enough to keep him around. He was replaced by Harry Sinden, who would lead the team to an 11-10-3 record the rest of the year, but couldn’t get them out of the first round of the playoffs where they again fell to the Canadiens three games to two.

On Feb. 10, 2007, the Bruins acquired Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart and a 2008 conditional fourth-round draft pick that turned out to be T.J. Brodie. It was the last trade that these franchises have made. In six years with the Bruins, Ference has appeared in 335 games and registered 32 points while also earning alternate captain honors at the start of the 2012 season.

Feb. 11:

On Feb. 11, 1941, the B’s won the 400th game in their franchise’s history by beating the Red Wings, 4-0. They improved to 18-7-10 with the win and went on to win their third of six Stanley Cups at the end of the season.

On Feb. 11, 1950, they dropped a tough 9-4 game to those same Red Wings in the third game of a nine-game winless streak. The five-goal differential was their worst home loss of the entire season.

On Feb. 11, 1968, the team tied the St. Louis Blues for the first time in the series between the two. The 3-3 Saturday tie left them at 26-18-10 and they would finish third in the NHL’s East Division before another first-round playoff loss to Montreal.

On Feb. 11, 1969, Boston beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-3, to improve to an impressive 33-9-12 before going on a four-game losing streak. Their 42-18-16 record was second in the league, but a familiar result loomed in the playoffs: a loss to the Canadiens in six games in the second round.

On Feb. 11, 1997, the Bruins lost, 5-1, at Calgary to start a six-game losing streak and seven-game winless streak on a seven-game road trip. Five different Flames scored in the game. Boston’s goal was scored by Barry Richter and assists went to Adam Oates and Jozef Stumpel.

On Feb. 11, 2012, they registered their first ever shootout win against the Nashville Predators, 4-3, at home. They improved to 34-17-2 with shootout goals from Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. Tim Thomas stopped both of the shots he saw in the shootout.

Feb. 12:

On Feb. 12, 1939, the team’s four-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Not ones to get discouraged, they would go on to win the Stanley Cup later that same season.

On Feb. 12, 47, the organization retired Dit Clapper‘s No. 5 prior to him coaching them to a 10-1 win over the Rangers. In 20 seasons with the Bruins, Clapper scored 228 goals and complied 246 assists for 474 points. He ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time list in games played with 833.

On Feb. 12, 1955, the team began an eight-game winless streak with a 5-5 tie against the Rangers at home. They wouldn’t get another win until facing off against the Rangers again on March 2.

On Feb. 12, 1961, the Bruins beat the Rangers, 8-3, to improve to a lowly 12-32-11. It was their only win in a 13-game stretch in the middle of the season. The team would finish 15-42-13 and way out of playoff contention with just 43 points on the year. Apparently they play the Rangers a lot on Feb. 12. And guess what? Tomorrow’s Feb. 12 and they play the Rangers.

On Feb. 12, 1988, The B’s beat the Edmonton Oilers, 7-4, on the road. That’s ironic because they would go on to get swept by Wayne Gretzky and the boys in the Stanley Cup Finals. Randy Burridge had a goal and three assists for Boston. Kevin Lowe was minus-3 for Edmonton. It was the fifth straight win for the Bruins.

On Feb. 12, 1995, coach Brian Sutter won the 100th game of his career in a 2-1 win on the road at Buffalo. Ray Bourque had a goal in the game for the Bruins, who improved to 7-3-1 on the strike-shortened season.

On Feb. 12, 2000, the team ended a brutal two-game stretch by losing to the Panthers, 5-1. Over those two games, they were outscored, 10-3, by Florida and the Rangers on consecutive days.

On Feb. 12, 2002, they topped the Canucks, 2-1, in overtime with the game-winning goal coming from Glen Murray in their last game before the Olympic break. Murray would score both Boston goals and the team improved to 32-16-4-7 at the time of the Salt Lake City games.

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