Today in Boston Bruins History: April 19
1970: Phil Esposito scores a hat trick and the Boston Bruins win 6-3 over the Chicago Black Hawks. Hilariously enough, the goalie he scores all three against is his brother Tony. This is his second hat trick of the postseason.
1978: The Bruins take the fewest shots against in a playoff game when they manage just 12 against Chicago. However, the Bruins win 4-3 in overtime after Terry O’Reilly puts away a goal just 1:50 into the extra period.
2008: The Bruins force a game seven in the conference quarterfinals against the Canadiens after they win 5-4 in game six. All but one of the Boston goals come in the third period. This is the first time in Boston Bruins history that they forced a game seven after being down three games to one.
A year ago today: A little change of scenery for the Boston team as they head to Lake Placid, site of the 1980 Olympics, for relaxation and practice. Tim Thomas especially enjoys the trip, both as an American and as a guy who looked up to Team USA’s goalie Jim Craig as a kid.