Today in Boston Bruins History: April 4
1982: Barry Pederson ties the club record for points in a single game when he puts together a seven-point (three goals, four assists) effort as the Boston Bruins win 7-2 over the Hartford Whalers. Better yet, it is also makes Bruins history as the club record for assists and points in a single game by a rookie, too.
1982: Brandon Bochenski is born in Blaine, Minnesota. Bochenski was drafted by the Ottawa Senators and spent time in college hockey at the University of North Dakota before debuting with Ottawa. He was a Senator until 2006, when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, although he didn’t stay in the Windy City for long. In 2007, he was traded to the Bruins for Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick. Not long after coming to Boston, he scored his first Bruins goal as part of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. He stayed with Boston for another season, but wasn’t used too much and eventually was traded away to Anaheim in exchange for Shane Hnidy. Overall, he played for six different teams before quitting the NHL altogether and heading to the KHL in 2010.
2009: The Bruins win 1-0 against the New York Rangers and clinch the top record in the Eastern Conference. Tim Thomas earned the shutout just a day after earning a contract extension. As pictured above, Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard took home awards for being the Three Stars of the Season.
A year ago today: Again with the Rangers, except this time the outcome wasn’t so great. The Bruins lost 5-3. Daniel Paille, Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly all scored, but that wasn’t enough because, after scoring the first three goals of the game, the Rangers bounced back and potted five unanswered ones.