1984: Mark Stuart (full name Mark Daniel Stuart) is born in Rochester, Minnesota. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2003 and spent three years playing college hockey for Colorado College, including one year where they went all the way to the Frozen Four. His best career year to date came when he was a Bruin in 2008-09: five goals, 12 assists for 17 points total. He’s also captained Team USA at the World Championships twice in 2008 and 2011. In February 2011, he was traded along with Blake Wheeler to the Atlanta Thrashers. Stuart moved with the team to Winnipeg and currently plays for the Jets.
1990: The Bruins take a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens, winning their division final series in five games.
1991: This time it’s different: the Bruins lose 3-2 to Montreal in their division final series, but will win the next game and go on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the semifinals.
1992: The Bruins are shut out 2-0 by the Buffalo Sabres in their division semifinal series.
1994: Once again the Bruins meet their storied rival Canadiens and once again the Bruins win, 3-2.
1996: The Bruins are defeated 4-3 and eliminated from the playoffs by the Florida Panthers as part of the Panthers’ first-ever playoff run.
A year ago today: Nathan Horton wins game seven in overtime! His goal gives the Bruins a 4-3 win against Montreal, marking the first time in Boston Bruins history that they won a playoff series where they started out losing both of the first two games. It also leads to a strangely hilarious Jack Edwards soliloquy that involves the American Revolution and the portrayal of royalty in modern times (the British royal wedding had just happened recently at the time):