Today in Boston Bruins History: May 22
1974: Andrei Nazarov is born in Chelyabinsk, USSR (Russia). Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1992, Nazarov earned the nickname The Russian Bear, which may have come from his penchant for penalty minutes. For example, in the 1996-97 season with San Jose, Nazarov scored 27 points–and racked up 222 penalty minutes to go with it. That year was his high-water mark for PIM, but by the time he became part of the Boston Bruins in 2000, he was still adept at getting in the sin bin. In his first year as a Bruin, he scored just five points (four of them assists) but got 200 penalty minutes. 200 minutes? There are long movies that are shorter than that! He spent one more season in Boston (two points, 164 PIM) before going on to a few more NHL stints and then retiring altogether. These days he is the head coach of Vityaz Chekhov, a KHL team in Russia that holds the world record for most penalty minutes in a single game: 707. That’s 11 hours and 47 minutes. It’s a team that often makes its way to US hockey blogs for incidents like that…plus there was that one time Nazarov was suspended from coaching for two games when he grabbed a stick and waved it at some fans.
1988: The Bruins lose 6-3 to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. This game is the last one to be played before the fog- and light-related complications that end up suspending Game 4 and creating a strange place in Boston Bruins history (more on that in a few days).
1990: In another Stanley Cup Final meeting with the Oilers, the Bruins lose once again, this time by a score of 5-1.
2011: Even though the Bruins spectacularly blew a three-goal lead and lost Game 4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Thomas tells the Boston Herald that he feels confident his team can still win the series. He will be proven right.
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