1927: This is the first playoff game in Boston Bruins history, played against the Chicago Black Hawks. It was played at Madison Square Garden instead of Chicago Coliseum due to a booking conflict. Frank Frederickson did the honors of scoring the Bruins’ first playoff goal and the Bruins win 6-1.
1929: The Bruins win their first Stanley Cup by way of a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Bill Carson scores the Cup-winning goal near the end of the third period.
1942: Jack McGill scores a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings, although the Bruins do lose 6-4.
1953: The Bruins win 2-1 in overtime over the Red Wings during their semifinal playoff series.
1958: Don McKenney scores two power play goals during one period, the first, against the Rangers in semifinal action. The Bruins go on to win 5-0.
1959: Brad McCrimmon (full name Byron Brad McCrimmon) was born in Plenty, Saskatchewan. Drafted by the Bruins in 1979, he was a Boston blueliner for three seasons before spending time in Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix, retiring in 1997. Following his play career, he was a coach for the Islanders, the Thrashers, the Flames and the Red Wings. But then he took a coaching job with the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and passed away in the tragic September 2011 plane crash that also took the lives of the entire team.
1972: Gerry Cheevers’ league-record 32-game unbeaten streak ends with a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The record during his streak was 24-0-8.
1990: The Bruins win 3-2 over the Hartford Whalers, clinching both the old Adams Division title and the President’s Trophy.
A year ago today: In their one meeting of the season, the Bruins shut out the Blackhawks 3-0. Mark Recchi got his 1,532nd point on an assist to a Johnny Boychuk goal. Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara also scored. This was also Tim Thomas’ ninth shutout of the season.