NHL Boston Bruins

Today in Boston Bruins History: May 8

1952: Peter McNab (full name Peter Maxwell McNab) is born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Drafted in 1972 by the Buffalo Sabres while playing with the University of Denver, he became part of the Boston Bruins in 1975 and stayed a Bruin until 1984. His time in Boston was marked by achievements both good and not so good: at least 75 points six seasons in a row, 1977 All-Star Game, still the only Bruin to have a playoff penalty shot, involved in the infamous Mike Milbury shoe confrontation. After the Bruins, he played for the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils before retiring in 1987. After hockey, he’s found his niche in broadcasting, calling Devils games, Colorado Avalanche games (which he still does today) and serving as analyst for three different Winter Olympics.

1963: Rick Zombo (full name Richard J. Zombo) is born in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1981 and went pro in 1984, staying in the Red Wings system until 1991-92 when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. After the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Zombo became part of the Bruins in October 1995. He scored 14 points in 67 games, but didn’t see any playoff action and the Bruins parted ways with him after the season. He spent time in the Los Angeles Kings system before retiring in 1997. In his post-hockey years, he’s done art (including a City of Heroes comic book), founded a hockey center in St. Louis and coached high school, junior and college teams in the St. Louis area.

1979: Stan Jonathan scores a hat trick as part of a Bruins 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

1988: The Bruins drop the fourth game of their semifinal series against the Devils by a score of 3-1.

1995: Martin Brodeur gets another shutout of the Bruins by a score of 3-0–two consecutive shutouts in two consecutive days.

2011: This covers.com article predicts that the Bruins will cement a place in Boston Bruins history by winning their Eastern Conference final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. (However, their assertion of Tim Thomas is slightly wrong; it’s not ‘hard to believe’ he was the backup for the 2010 playoffs when you consider the hip injury that forced him there, a hip injury he had treated in the offseason that followed, allowing him to return in such great form.)