Today in Boston Bruins History: April 1

By Emma Harger

Not much happened on this day in Boston Bruins history. That’s not even an April Fool’s joke, that’s the truth. As a result, I’ve decided to look at the Bruins’ record when playing on this tricky day.

1970: The Boston Bruins drop a 6-3 decision to the Montreal Canadiens.

1972: Another late-season loss to Habs–the Bruins lost 6-2 in the next to last game of the regular season.

1975: The Bruins lose 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres.

1978: It really seems like there’s some sort of April Fool’s bad-game pattern: the Bruins drop a decision 7-1 to the Habs.

1979: Maybe it’s a little better: the Bruins tie with Montreal 3-3.

1982: Spoke too soon. Marian Statsny of the Quebec Nordiques has a five-assist game in a 8-5 win over the Bruins. Wow.

1984: Wait, what’s this? An April Fool’s Day win? The Bruins win 3-1 over the New Jersey Devils to close out 1983-84.

1989: The Bruins win 5-4 over the Nordiques. Maybe their luck is changing!

1990: Another regular-season closer with the Devils, this time ending in a 3-3 tie.

1994: After a few seasons that did not include an April 1 Bruins game, it’s back to the old 70s ways with a 5-0 loss to the Sabres.

1995: The Bruins lose 3-2 to the New York Rangers.

1996: It’s a tie! 1-1 with the Ottawa Senators.

1999: The Bruins get a close 3-2 win over the Habs.

2000: In another 4/1 throwdown with the Rangers, the Bruins tie 2-2.

2003: The Bruins meet the Senators again–and drop it 3-2.

2004: In the last season to ever allow a tie, the Bruins tie with the Washington Capitals 3-3.

2006: Another April Fool’s Day loss to the Habs: a 2-0 shutout.

2007: The Devils take the win, 3-1.

2010: Ouch–the Florida Panthers shut out the Bruins 1-0. The one bright side: Tuukka Rask won the Seventh Player Award.

So, what have we learned? The overall record for when the Bruins play on April Fool’s Day is 3-11-5, the five representing ties. Good luck to the team as they attempt to add another W to their April 1 records!

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