Today in Boston Bruins History: March 19

By Emma Harger

1929: The Boston Bruins play their first playoff game held in the Boston Garden. It is a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

1939: The 1938-39 season ends with a bang: a 7-2 win over Montreal, plus an eight-game win streak. Frank Brimsek wins the Vezina Trophy in his rookie season.

1972: Phil Esposito scores two power play goals during a four-point performance in a 7-3 win over the old Minnesota North Stars. Those are his 26th and 27th PPGs of the season, a record at the time.

1978: Mike Mottau (full name Michael Joseph Mottau) is born in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mottau played four years at Boston College and won the Hobey Baker Award as a senior. Drafted by the Rangers in 1997, he debuted with them in 2000-01. He also spent time in Calgary and four different AHL teams (Cincinnati, Worcester, Peoria, Lowell) before his NHL return with the New Jersey Devils. Keeping it in the tri-state area, he was traded to the Islanders in 2010. He became a Bruin in February 2012, signaling a return to his hometown, where he still lives with his family.

1988: Jay Miller sets a Bruins record by notching penalty minute number 273 of the season.

1989: Michael Thelven scores a shorthanded goal from all the way at the Boston end of the ice when his clearing pass caroms and gets past the Hartford Whalers goalie, who had come out to pass the puck.

2009: In a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Bruins notch the 100th point of the season. That’s an NHL record 18th season with more than 100 points.

A year ago today: Adam McQuaid and Daniel Paille score, but that’s not enough to overcome the Toronto Maple Leafs, who win 5-2.

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