Today in Boston Bruins History: March 18
1930: The Boston Bruins rack up a 20-game home winning streak, a record that still stands, with a 9-2 win over the New York Rangers that includes a Cooney Weiland hat trick. They close the curtain on 1929-30 with a 38-5-1 record.
1941: Bill Cowley scores two goals and clinches the NHL scoring title with 62 points during a 4-1 win versus the Detroit Red Wings.
1944: In a strange game, a 10-9 loss to the Red Wings, the Bruins tie the then-modern league record for goals by both teams in a game. Weirdly enough, that record was set only five games earlier.
1945: Maurice Richard tallies his 50th goal of the season for the first time ever against Harvey Bennett.
1948: Guy Lapointe (full name Guy Gerard Lapointe) is born in Montreal, Quebec. Lapointe is known primarily for his time as a Montreal Canadien–he won the Stanley Cup six times with them–and for being a bit of a prankster. One time when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was visiting the locker room, Lapointe slathered his hand in Vaseline and gave him a handshake. Lapointe’s last stint in the NHL, though, was a year as a Bruin before retiring in 1984 due to injuries. Post NHL, he’s been a general manager, assistant coach and scout. Today he coordinates amateur scouting for the Minnesota Wild, which he’s done since 2000. He’s also in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1952: Milt Schmidt has a great night in a 4-0 shutout against the Chicago Black Hawks. He has a goal and three assists, so he literally has a hand in all four goals. That goal of his is good for his 200th of his career. Furthermore, the Kraut Line is honored in pregame ceremonies and Bobby Bauer comes out of retirement for one more game with his old linemates.
1977: Zdeno Chara is born in Trencin, Czechoslovakia. Drafted by the Islanders in 1996, he started out spending four years in the Islanders organization, becoming a big tough defenseman before a big 2001 trade with Ottawa. In his time in Canada’s capital, he continued to hone his skills and played in Sweden during the lockout year. But, in 2006, he couldn’t agree to terms with the Senators and got in with the Bruins as a free agent. Named captain–the team hadn’t had one since Joe Thornton went to San Jose–he started the pattern that continues to this day of posting super fast shots at All Star games in addition to producing on the ice. Chara’s list of accomplishments is too long to replicate here, but he speaks seven languages, wants to learn another, is charitably-minded and is the first player born inside the Iron Curtain to captain a Stanley Cup champion team. Maybe he’ll beat his 108.8 mph slapper next year in Columbus!
2006: Brad Boyes notches his first career hat trick during a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
2010: Marc-Andre Fleury shuts out the Bruins 3-0, the first Pittsburgh Penguins shutout in Boston since January of 1968.
A year ago today: The Bruins prepare to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.