Today in Boston Bruins History: April 6
1919: Terry Reardon (full name Terrance George Reardon) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a center, he played for two stints in Boston and his place in Boston Bruins history is on the Stanley Cup–twice. In 1939, though he just played four games with the Bruins, he had his name engraved on the Cup and then in 1941 he won again, as a full-timer this time. He went to the Montreal Canadiens for two years, then returned to Boston before leaving the NHL. He died in 1993.
1939: The Bruins hold the Toronto Maple Leafs to just 12 shots against in their entire game. (Note that shots on goal were not an official stat until 1955, so this record is unofficial.) There were no Maple Leafs shots at all in the second period of this game, which the Bruins won 2-1.
1952: During a playoff game against the Canadiens, play is halted for 15 minutes so that Bruins goalie Jim Henry can get help for his nose, which he broke after taking a shot to his face. Ouch. (By the way: the Habs win it 3-2 in overtime.)
1974: Ken Hodge hits 50 goals of the season for the first time in his career. He gets number 50 against the Habs, even though the Bruins lose 6-2.
1975: Hal Gill (full name Harold Priestley Gill III) is born in Concord, Massachusetts. Drafted by the Bruins in 1993, he went to Providence College before coming into the Black and Gold for 1997-98. He played defense for the Bruins for eight years and more than 600 games before going to Toronto, Pittsburgh (where he won the Cup in 2009) and Montreal. Now he is with the Nashville Predators.
1989: The Bruins come back from being down 3-0 in the second period to winning 5-3 against the Buffalo Sabres in division semifinal play.
2006: In the last Bruins shootout of the first season to allow them, Brad Boyes has the deciding goal and Boston wins 3-2 over the Maple Leafs.
A year ago today: The Bruins, already having clinched their division, win 3-2 over the New York Islanders. Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell all score. Thornton was in his first game back from being cut by a skate and requiring 40 stitches to a gash on his forehead. His goal came at 19:59 of the first period. Campbell’s goal was the first Bruins goal of the season scored on a 4-on-4. Mark Recchi played his 1,651st game, Nathan Horton his 500th and Tomas Kaberle his 900th.
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