Today in Boston Bruins History: April 3
1914: Ray Getliffe was born in Galt, Ontario. Getliffe was a left-winger who played in the NHL for a decade, including four seasons as part of the Boston Bruins. His name is inscribed on the Stanley Cup twice, once as a Bruin and once as a Montreal Canadien. When he died at age 94 in 2008, he was one of the oldest NHL alumni on record.
1933: A semifinal game between the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs goes on for six overtime periods. Yes, six. Toronto finally wins it 1-0 after a game that went on for 164 minutes overall. Shots on goal were not officially kept as a record yet, but unofficial records state that Tiny Thompson faced 112 shots from the Maple Leafs.
1941: The Bruins and Maple Leafs play game seven of their semifinal series. The Bruins win 2-1, but Toronto’s general manager Conn Smythe gets fined $100 (about $1,500 in 2012 dollars, according to Inflation Calculator) when he jumps into the middle of play and argues a call with the referee. (Imagine if Tony Granato and Peter Laviolette had done that during a recent, heated Pittsburgh-Philadelphia matchup!)
1945: Bernie Parent (full name Bernard Marcel Parent) is born in Montreal, Quebec. Parent, a goaltender, is better known for his time as part of the Philadelphia Flyers organization–he even played in part of the 2012 Winter Classic alumni game–but he actually began his NHL career with Boston. He played there for two seasons, 1965-66 and 1966-67, appearing in 57 games. Then when the NHL expanded to welcome six new teams, Parent was selected by the Flyers in the 1967 Expansion Draft. After that, the rest is history better left elsewhere.
1952: The Bruins shut out the Habs 1-0 in their semifinal series. Jim Henry makes 31 saves for the shutout.
1958: Ferny Flaman hadn’t scored a single goal in his past 85 games. He had only two playoff goals to his name at all. But then in a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers, Flaman found a lucky streak: he scored twice. Maybe he felt a little boost from playing at home. Originally this game had been scheduled for New York City, but the circus was at Madison Square Garden.
1966: Up until now, any games played in April were playoff games only, but this marks the first Bruins regular-season game to be played in April. The Bruins win 4-2 over the Chicago Black Hawks to close out their regular season.
1977: Jean Ratelle picks up an assist in a 7-4 Bruins win over the Maple Leafs, earning his 1,000th point and becoming the third Bruin to do so.
1994: In one of the two neutral site games of the season, the Bruins lose 6-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on the ice of the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland.
1996: The Bruins beat the Canadiens 4-1 and their season record stands at 37-30-10 after game 77. This means the Bruins stitched together a winning record for 29 consecutive seasons. Sadly that streak would snap the very next year, but that’s still pretty impressive.
A year ago today: The Bruins had the day off, but Jordan Caron, down in Providence and having missed a few games due to injury, had an interview in which he said he wants to be a good asset to his parent club. (One year later, he has 14 points in 46 games, as of this writing, for said parent club and has really improved.)