1955: The Bruins win 4-2 over the Montreal Canadiens, but that’s not all that happens. Maurice Richard gets cut on a high stick by Hal Laycoe and goes after Laycoe in retaliation, also hitting a linesman who tries to restrain him. Richard gets a match penalty and Laycoe a major. Richard gets suspended for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, a punishment handed down by NHL president Clarence Campbell. Campbell then makes the mistake of attending the next game in Montreal, which sparks a riot.
1958: In another big Boston win over Montreal, 7-3, Habs goalie Jacques Plante hits the crossbar during the second period and suffers a concussion. Boston’s practice goalie Johnny Aiken suited up for the other team to relieve Plante and allows six goals on 18 shots.
1961: Barry Pederson (full name Barry Alan Pederson) is born in Big River, Saskatchewan. Pederson was drafted by Boston in 1980 and, upon his rookie debut in 1981-82, made some Bruins records that still stand. His record for rookie goals, 44, still stands and he had 92 points in total. Seven of those 92 points came in one night against the Hartford Whalers; that too is a record still standing. He had a stellar career with the Bruins, although he had a benign tumor in his shoulder and its removal led to some time off plus a decline in play quality when he returned. He was traded to Vancouver in 1986 in exchange for a guy named Cam Neely. He did land in Pittsburgh for the 1991 Cup run and his name is on the Cup because of that. After a very brief stint in Hartford, he returned to Boston so he could finish out where he started, retiring in 1992. Nowadays he’s part of the NESN Bruins crew.
1980: John Bucyk’s number nine is raised to the rafters before Boston wins 4-2 over the Detroit Red Wings.
1988: Rick Middleton hits game 1,000 when he plays in a 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.
1999: Ray Bourque takes the club record for all-time games played when he plays number 1,437 (a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres).
2003: Martin Lapointe notches a hat trick as the Bruins win 4-3 over the New Jersey Devils.
A year ago today: The Bruins get in some practice as they prepare for the Columbus Blue Jackets.