Today in Boston Bruins History: May 3

1970: John Bucyk nets a hat trick as the Boston Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins win 6-1.

1979: The Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime to win Game 2 of their semifinal series. Jean Ratelle, who has a hat trick in the game, ends it at 3:46 in the extra time.

1983: The Bruins fall 8-3 to the New York Islanders in the fourth game of their semifinal series.

1990: Reggie Lemelin stops the Washington Capitals‘ Kelly Miller when he is awarded a penalty shot–just one of six in Bruins playoff history (with only one taken by a Bruin). The Bruins go on to win 5-3.

1991: Cam Neely ensures a place in Boston Bruins history when his overtime goal gives Boston a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He becomes the team’s all-time playoff goal scorer.

1992: Three years in a row of Bruins wins on May 3! The Bruins beat Montreal 6-4 in game two of their division final series.

1994: The Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 6-5 in Game 2 of their conference semifinal series–although the next four games will go to the Devils.

1998: The Bruins lose 3-2 to the Capitals and end their 1998 playoff run.

2009: The Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Bruins 3-0 in Game 2 of their conference semifinal series.

2010: Johnny Boychuk, Miroslav Satan and Milan Lucic secure a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of their conference semifinal series.

A year ago today: It’s a quiet day for the Bruins between Games 2 and 3 of their series with the Flyers.

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