Today in Boston Bruins History: May 11
1972: The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in Boston Bruins history and second time in three years. They beat the New York Rangers 3-0 in Game 6 of the finals. Gerry Cheevers earns the shutout. Bobby Orr, who scores the game-winning goal again, gets his second Conn Smythe trophy, sets a league record for defenseman assists in a single postseason with 19 and shares the lead for postseason scoring with Phil Esposito (24 points each).
1978: The Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 to win the semifinal series in five games.
1988: Brad Marchand (full name Bradley Kevin Marchand) is born in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. He was drafted 71st overall by the Bruins in 2006 and debuted at the NHL level in October 2009. His first goal came about a year later in November 2010, but sparked a 21-goal rookie campaign that was part of a promise he made to score 20 goals in his first year when the Bruins brass expected about a 10-goal pace. He closed out his first full NHL season with a +25 rating and was given the team’s Seventh Player Award. Then on the Bruins’ run to their sixth Stanley Cup, he scored 19 points in 25 games, his 11 goals tying Jeremy Roenick for playoff goals by a rookie. This past season, he had his first hat trick as part of a 8-0 victory over the Florida Panthers just before Christmas. He also tallied up 55 points for the season and finished with a +31 rating, among the highest in the league. Plus, in the January visit to the White House, he was singled out by President Barack Obama, who praised how the ‘little ball of hate’ performed beyond expectations in his rookie campaign before turning away from the podium to ask a visibly flustered Marchand about the nickname. He was resigned to a two-year contract in September 2011, so the Bruins will have their Marchy, Nose Face Killah, Marshmont, Good Brat, Honey Badger, Little Ball of Hate, whatever nickname is preferred for a while to come.
1991: During a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the conference finals, Cam Neely gets hurt and this injury will lead to his retirement five seasons later. To add insult to injury, this is the game that ends the Bruins’ 1991 playoff run.
1994: In another 5-3 Game 6 loss, this time in the conference semifinals, the Bruins fall to the New Jersey Devils and end their playoff run.
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