Today in Boston Bruins History: May 7
1972: The Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 and, once again, they need just one more win before touching the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in Boston Bruins history.
1974: The Bruins open their Stanley Cup Final series with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
1977: Another Final series begins against the archrival Montreal Canadiens, but it doesn’t start well–the Bruins lose 7-3.
1978: A 3-1 loss serves as the only Bruins loss to the Flyers in their semifinal series.
1983: An 8-4 loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders ends the Bruins’ 1983 playoff run.
1986: Anton Khudobin is born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. He started out playing in Kazakhstan, but moved to Russia and attended a hockey school there to better his game, appearing in one World U18 and two World Junior Championships before moving to North America to play in the Canadian major junior leagues. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2004 and signed with them in 2007. Much of his next season was spent with the Wild’s ECHL affiliate at the time, the Texas Wildcatters (now Ontario Reign), where he earned the league’s top goaltender award that year. He stepped up to the AHL Houston Aeros and had his NHL debut in February 2010. In early 2011 he saw more time with the Wild when both of their primary goalies suffered hip injuries–in this time he earned his first NHL shutout against the Vancouver Canucks. He became a Bruin in February 2011 and went to Providence. Called up as an emergency goalie for the 2011 Stanley Cup run, he never needed to play a game, but was included in the team picture and given a Cup ring. When Tuukka Rask was injured in March 2012, Khudobin could not immediately step up to fill the void because he was injured too, leading to the signing of Marty Turco. He did play one game as a Bruin this past season, though, a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators in which a lot of fans learned the way he prefers his last name pronounced (like who-dough-bin).
1990: The Bruins string together the third consecutive win in their semifinal series against the Washington Capitals by defeating them 4-1.
1991: Like last year, the Bruins take part in a 4-1 game. Unlike the previous year, they lose 4-1 to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
1992: Much like in 1990, the Bruins put together the third consecutive win in a division final series against Montreal by winning 3-2.
1994: A 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the conference semifinals evens the series at two apiece.
1995: Recent birthday boy Martin Brodeur shuts out the Bruins 5-0 in the the first game of the conference quarterfinals.
2009: The Bruins lose 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, putting them at risk of elimination.
2010: The Bruins lose 5-4 to the Flyers, beginning the nearly unprecedented shift from up three games to losing in seven.
2011: While the Bruins wait for the rest of the semifinals series to be resolved (unlike this year, when the West seems to get settled quicker than the East in some series), Brian Cazeneuve writes an article about Game 4 versus Philadelphia that ends with this great quote from coach Claude Julien: “Baseball, football, and basketball lately have done well here,” said Julien. “Now it’s time for hockey to step up and do the same thing. They have great fans here in Boston. They’ve been punished enough.”
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