Today in Boston Bruins History: March 21
1937: The famous Kraut Line plays together for the first time in the NHL–though they played together previously in Providence. In their first game together, the Bruins beat the Chicago Black Hawks 6-1.
1943: In a playoff semifinal game against Montreal, the Bruins are down 3-0 in the second period, but by the time the final horn sounds, the Bruins won 5-4. Talk about a comeback!
1966: Al Iafrate (full name Albert Anthony Iafrate) is born in Dearborn, Michigan. Iafrate went fourth overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984, sticking with them until 1990-91, when he became a Washington Capital. His time as a Bruin was short, just one season, because he was plagued with injuries and missed the entirety of 1994-95 and 1995-96. He was a San Jose Shark for two years after that and had two comeback attempts that died in training camp. These days he’s with BASE Hockey, which specializes in providing custom sticks and training, and he helps the Columbus Blue Jackets with shooting and sticks. He also had a slap shot mileage record of 105.2 mph that stood for 16 years after he set it…until Zdeno Chara came along and smashed that record in 2009.
1968: Ted Green helps out three times in an 8-0 Bruins shutout of the Black Hawks. Those three helpers give him 35 assists for the season, setting a record at the time for assists by a defenseman in a season.
1968: Jeff Lazaro (full name Jeffrey Adam Lazaro) is born in Waltham, Massachusetts. He went undrafted, but perhaps befitting of a Massachusetts man, he played for the Bruins after four years at the University of New Hampshire. He played for the hometown team for two seasons, 1990-91 and 1991-92, spent a year as an Ottawa Senator, represented America in events including the 1994 Olympics and went to Europe and the ECHL before retiring in 2002.
1969: Sandy Moger (full name Alexander Moger) is born in 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Though drafted by Vancouver in 1989, he never played for them, instead spending three seasons as a Bruin from 1994-95 to 1996-97. In those years, he put up 50 points and 116 penalty minutes. He played for the Los Angeles Kings and in the Finnish and German leagues before retiring.
1971: The Bruins lose 7-5 to the Buffalo Sabres, breaking a home unbeaten streak of 26-0-1 that dated back to Nov. 15, 1970. Though they lose, John Bucyk has two assists, setting a record at the time for points in a season by a left-winger (109). Ken Hodge reached the 100 point mark and also set a record for assists in a season by a right-winger (59).
1991: In a 3-3 tie with the old Quebec Nordiques, the Bruins test the Nords goaltender with 73 shots on goal. That’s the second highest number in NHL history–the highest being 83 in a Boston vs. Chicago game on March 4, 1941. There are 25 SOG in the first period, 12 Bruins shots in overtime and 19 shots alone fired by Ray Bourque.
2006: During the first season to be played with the concept of a shootout, the Bruins and the old Atlanta Thrashers settle the score with a seven-round shootout. Jim Slater has the deciding goal and the Bruins lose 5-4.