February 11, 2013 by
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.
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.
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.
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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