Today in Boston Bruins History: March 4
1930: The Bruins set an NHL record at the time by tallying up 35 wins in 40 games and improve their season record to 35-4-1.
1941: The Bruins set another NHL record, still standing, when they take 83 shots on goal and defeat the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2. Chicago goalie Sam LoPresti faced all 83 of those shots and got a standing ovation when the announcers told the Boston Garden crowd exactly how much he had to do.
1944: In a penalty-free matchup, the Bruins defeat the New York Rangers 10-9. Bill Cowley has a six-point night. At the time, that score set a record for most goals by both teams in a game. Weirdly enough, the Bruins play another game with 19 goals by both teams just two weeks later, although this time it’s Detroit that has the winning 10.
1951: Woody Dumart ties a club record when he scores four goals in a 10-2 win over Chicago.
1964: Gord Kluzak (full name Gordon Glen Kluzak) is born in Climax, Saskatchewan. A defenseman, he was drafted first overall by Boston and played his entire career as a Bruin. His career was short due to nagging knee problems–he missed the entirety of 1984-85 with them–but he had a highlight year in 1987-88 when he played most of the regular season and all of the playoff games as Boston visited the Stanley Cup Finals. Soon after that, though, the injuries led him to retire in 1990. After hockey, he went to Harvard and got a degree in economics as well as an MBA. Now he is part of the NESN Bruins team.
1973: Jacques Plante has his first game minding the net for the Bruins and shuts out the Black Hawks 4-0, making 27 saves.
1975: John Bucyk has an injury and misses a game against the Washington Capitals. This absence snaps an attendance streak of 418 consecutive games.
2000: Ray Bourque plays his final game as a Bruin, a 3-0 loss to the Flyers. He’s traded to the Colorado Avalanche a few days later.
2010: In a 3-2 shootout win over Toronto, the Bruins snap a 0-7-3 losing streak, the second longest in club history. Miroslav Satan scores the deciding goal. 2009-10 had the most shootouts in team history to date: 19.
A year ago today: The Bruins practice before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins the next day.