Today in Boston Bruins History: April 2
1939: Mel Hill scores in the third overtime period of a playoff semifinal game against the Rangers. It’s the third time in the series that he had scored in overtime, so he earns the nickname “Sudden Death” Hill.
1957: The Bruins shut out the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 as part of their playoff semifinal series.
1969: Phil Esposito sets Bruins records for both goals and points in a playoff game when he has six points (four goals, two assists) as part of a 10-0 Bruins defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This result also sets a team record for goals in a single playoff game and for power play goals in a single playoff game (six). Esposito scores half of those power play goals himself. Pat Quinn of Toronto causes controversy when he elbows Bobby Orr and earns five minutes for it. Fans shatter the penalty glass box trying to get at Quinn and retaliate.
1978: Wayne Cashman ties that record Esposito set when he too has four goals as the Bruins beat the Rangers 8-3.
1980: Gerry Cheevers earns himself two minutes for delay of game, setting a new league single-season PIM by a goalie record at 62.
A year ago today: The Bruins defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 and, by way of this victory, clinch the Northeast Division title. Michael Ryder scores the first penalty shot goal by a Bruin in the home barn since March 1994. Mark Recchi and Daniel Paille also score. Brad Marchand wins the Seventh Player Award and Shane Hnidy makes his debut (against his old team) after being picked up by Boston again.