Today in Boston Bruins History: May 9
1919: Gordie Bruce (full name Arthur Gordon Bruce) was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He played for three seasons with the Boston Bruins in the 1940s and his place in Boston Bruins history is a little strange–he was on the 1940-41 Stanley Cup winning team, and played enough to qualify for name engraving on the Cup, but his name isn’t there and there’s no clear reason as to why. The answer may just be lost to time. He died in 1997.
1972: The potential of Stanley Cup victory is put off temporarily as the Bruins lose 3-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the finals, forcing a potentially decisive Game 6.
1974: The Bruins lose 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
1974: Stéphane Yelle is born in Bourget, Ontario. Yelle was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1992 and spent time with the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames before his time as part of the Bruins. That era came in 2008-09 and lasted just a year, but he did play 77 games and score 18 points during that short time. After that, he went to the Carolina Hurricanes for a season, but returned for Denver for one more hurrah in 2010, after which he retired. Currently he is within the Avalanche organization in a development coordinator position.
1978: Another matchup with the Flyers, this time in Game 4 of the semifinals, ends differently for the Bruins with a 4-2 win.
1990: Cam Neely has a two-goal night and the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 4 of their conference final series. The Bruins stifle the Capitals, holding them to only 14 shots on goal for the entire game. This completes a sweep and puts the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three years.
1991: A 7-2 loss in Game 5 of the semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins puts the Bruins on the brink of elimination.
1992: Andy Moog and the Bruins shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in Game 4 of the division finals, completing the sweep.
1994: Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils shut out the Bruins 2-0. (A different Brodeur shutout has now been mentioned in the past three history articles in a row.)
1999: The Bruins lose 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 2 of the conference semifinals.
2011: The Bruins get back in the saddle and practice for their upcoming Eastern Conference Final appearance.